The Iran Project

Photos: Ancient temple of Anahita

Tasnim | Farzad Manati: The Temple of Anahita, an ancient monument dating back to the Parthian era (247 BCE – 224 CE), is the second stone building of Iran. The Temple of Anahita is located in Kangavar, in the middle of Hamadan-Kermanshah road in western Iran, on the historical route of Ecbatana to Ctesiphon. Based on historical records, this temple- the second stone building of Iran after Persepolis– has been used as a fire temple to honour Anahita, the ancient Persian goddess of water, during Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanid periods. The ancient Iranians considered Anahita to be the guardian of water; the angel of abundance, beauty and fertility who had an elevated position.


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