Daniel's Tomb of Susa
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Tomb of Daniel

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The Tomb of Daniel is the traditional burial place of the biblical prophet Daniel. There are six different locations all claimed to be the site of the tomb.

The Daniel Book mentions that Daniel lived in Babylon and may have visited ancient city of Susa but the place where he died is not specified; the tradition preserved among the Jews and Arabs is that he was buried in Susa. Today the Tomb of Daniel in Susa is a popular attraction among local Muslims and Iran’s Jewish community alike.

According to history of Susa, he was basically a Jew and lived in Babylon back in 600 BCE. However, he was prisoned the same as other Jews by ruler of Babylon, but he released by Cyrus the great and moved to Susa. He was hired also as a Persian Prince & office of Persian Empire and lived in this city until he died.

Since then, it has become as issue between Jews community of Susa and locals (who are supposed to be Arabs) that attended him to be bury in their district. This could have been the reason that people were moving this grave several times rather than where he was buried.

They finally agreed that he should rest alternately one year on each side. This agreement was carried out for many years, until the Persian shah Sanjar, on visiting the city, stopped the practice, holding that the continual removal of the corpse was disrespectful to the prophet. He ordered the corpse to be fastened with chains to the bridge, directly in the middle of the structure; and he erected a chapel on the spot for both Jews and non-Jews. The king also forbade fishing in the river within a mile of Daniel’s corpse (tomb).

The earliest mention of Daniel’s Tomb published in Europe is given by Benjamin of Tudela who visited Asia between 1160 and 1163 CE. In the façade of one of its many synagogues, he was shown the tomb assigned by tradition to Daniel. Benjamin declares however, that the tomb does not hold Daniel’s remains, which were said to have been discovered at Susa about 640 CE.

This tomb contains a unique decoration that belongs to Seljuk era and has been built in a two-layer structure and it’s about 20 m height. Inside the tomb is well glassed and mirrored that are done and renovated over the past centuries by Zand & Qajar monarchs. Especially the tomb stone is a proper present from Karim Khan-e Zand who founded Zand dynasty. As travel consultants we would highly recommend visiting Daniel’s tomb despite visiting other sites of Susa.


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