Taq-e Bostan

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Taqwasân or Taq-e Bostan or Taq-i-Bustan (Persian: طاق بستان , Kurdish: Taqwesan) is a series of large rock relief from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia, the Iranian dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD. This example of Sassanid art is located 5 km from the city center of Kermanshah in western Iran. It is located in the heart of the Zagros mountains, where it has endured almost 1,700 years of wind and rain.

The carvings, some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379–383) and Shapur III (383–388). Like other Sassanid symbols, Taq-e Bostan and its relief patterns accentuate power, religious tendencies, glory, honor, the vastness of the court, game and fighting spirit, festivity, joy, and rejoicing.

Sassanid kings chose a beautiful setting for their rock reliefs along an historic Silk Road caravan route waypoint and campground. The reliefs are adjacent a sacred spring that empties into a large reflecting pool at the base of a mountain cliff.

Taq-e Bostan and its rock relief are one of the 30 surviving Sassanid relics of the Zagros mountains. According to Arthur Pope, the founder of Iranian art and archeology Institute in the USA, "art was characteristic of the Iranian people and the gift which they endowed the world with."

From Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taq-e_Bostan
Photos: Sasan T. Farsani
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Date Created 10/24/2008
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Bert Over 1 year ago
Intersting stuff, I really like the detail on the stonework/sculptures. Would be great to have a description of what we're looking at along with a geotag here so I know where it is in the world (although the tags do give me some context).
payam195r Over 1 year ago
Another good job. Congratulations Sasan.
Tehran24.com Over 1 year ago
Payam, Bert, thank you so much.
pamela39934 Over 1 year ago
That is really a great collection of photos & a way to display them. I feel as though I made the trip myself. Thanks!

Pamela
chaitanyak Over 1 year ago
great pics!
photosynth works best with these kinds of detailed...monoliths..and buildings
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