25 February 2001
TEHRAN -- The reconstruction work of a Sasanian fire temple
completed by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization
(CHO) on Friday.
Saihgol-Ivan Fire Temple, 15 kilometers to the
west of Sarsang Plateau of Ilam Province where the
ancient Iranian Zoroastrians worshiped God, was
originally built of such construction material as
pebbles found at river beds and a certain type of
cement, called Sarouj amalgam, according to the
managing director of the Cultural Heritage
Department of Ilam.
fire place has a semi-covered square court yard
with four arch on its four sides, a dome-like
ceiling over the main prayer chamber, and a round
pilgrimage hall encircling the main chamber.
Fire Temple was unearthed during the first
archaeological surveys run in Ilam Province led by
a Belgian Archaeologist John Vanderberg in 1970.
initial phase of reconstruction of the fire temple
was completed in January 1999 and the Siahgol-Ivan
Fire Temple was listed as a national monument
during the current Iranian year.