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Sassanid Archaeological Sites

The Sassanian Empire succeeded the Parthians and came to power in Fars province in Persia in the year 224 AD. Their period witnessed the most stellar achievements of Persian civilization and constituted the last great Iranian Empire before the infiltration of Islam.  Sassanian arts which survived in architecture, reliefs, metal work, stucco and standing sculptures in caves are mostly in Sassanid Archaeological Sites in Fars region, the original province of the ruling empire of Sassanians in Iran. The influence of Sassanian art went as far as China and the Mediterranean.

Eight of the most important surviving works of Sassanian art and architecture have been included in UNESCO’s list. These eight Sassanid Archaeological Sites are located in the areas of Firuzabad, Bishapur and Sarvestan, all in Fars province.

 

Bishapur, One of the Sassanid Archaeological Sites located in Fars Province

Sassanid Archaeological Sites in Fars Province (Bishapur)

 

The sites at Firuzabad, a town located 110 km from Shiraz, include: the magnificent Palace of Ardeshir Babakan (Ardeshir I); the walled or circular city of Ardeshir Khoreh; Qal’eh Dokhtar, the castle built by Ardeshir I on a mountain slope, dedicated to the goddess Anahita; the bas-reliefs showing the coronation of the Sassanian king Ardeshir and his conquest over the last Parthian king .

Bishapur is located 140 km from Shiraz and includes the ancient city of Bishapur. This site also covers Tangeh Chogan and a cave with the standing sculpture of the king Shapur I inside.

At a distance of 100 km southeast of Shiraz is Sarvestan, which includes Sarvestan Palace, built in 5th century AD.It was either a palace or a Zoroastrian fire temple.

Sassanid Archaeological Sites are of the must-visit attractions in central and southern parts of Iran.  If you are traveling to Iran, make sure to include them in your itinerary.

Sassanid Archaeological Sites

The Sassanian Empire succeeded the Parthians and came to power in Fars province in Persia in the year 224 AD. Their period witnessed the most stellar achievements of Persian civilization and constituted the last great Iranian Empire before the infiltration of Islam.  Sassanian arts which survived in architecture, reliefs, metal work, stucco and standing sculptures in caves are mostly in Sassanid Archaeological Sites in Fars region, the original province of the ruling empire of Sassanians in Iran. The influence of Sassanian art went as far as China and the Mediterranean.

Eight of the most important surviving works of Sassanian art and architecture have been included in UNESCO’s list. These eight Sassanid Archaeological Sites are located in the areas of Firuzabad, Bishapur and Sarvestan, all in Fars province.

 

Bishapur, One of the Sassanid Archaeological Sites located in Fars Province

Sassanid Archaeological Sites in Fars Province (Bishapur)

 

The sites at Firuzabad, a town located 110 km from Shiraz, include: the magnificent Palace of Ardeshir Babakan (Ardeshir I); the walled or circular city of Ardeshir Khoreh; Qal’eh Dokhtar, the castle built by Ardeshir I on a mountain slope, dedicated to the goddess Anahita; the bas-reliefs showing the coronation of the Sassanian king Ardeshir and his conquest over the last Parthian king .

Bishapur is located 140 km from Shiraz and includes the ancient city of Bishapur. This site also covers Tangeh Chogan and a cave with the standing sculpture of the king Shapur I inside.

At a distance of 100 km southeast of Shiraz is Sarvestan, which includes Sarvestan Palace, built in 5th century AD.It was either a palace or a Zoroastrian fire temple.

Sassanid Archaeological Sites are of the must-visit attractions in central and southern parts of Iran.  If you are traveling to Iran, make sure to include them in your itinerary.

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