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A Sasanian Fire Temple Reconstructed



Sunday 25 February 2001


TEHRAN -- The reconstruction work of a Sasanian  fire temple was completed by Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) on Friday.


The 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.


The 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.


Siahgol-Ivan Fire Temple was unearthed during the first archaeological surveys run in Ilam Province led by a Belgian Archaeologist John Vanderberg in 1970.


The 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. 


Source: IRNA




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