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Puzzled Over the Ancient Monument
Iranian experts are scratching their head over an
ancient monument in west of the country as whether it was built
as a fire temple in the Sasanid era or it was erected in the
Located in the western Iranian town of Qasr Shirin, the Chahar
Qapi or Chahar Taqi monument as well as its other monuments such
as the Khosrow Palace, Ban Qaleh and the Safavid caravanserai
suffered damages during the eight year Iraqi aggression.
In 1998, a year after the end of the war when construction of
war torn areas were undertaken, a group of history and
archeology experts were dispatched to take care of the
historical monuments in the area.
In the first phase, the debris was removed from the Chahar Qapi
monument and limited digging was carried out. Yet, doubts
surfaced about the monument’s age and its use as more diggings
were carried out in the site in 1991.
Head of the history section of the archeology research center
Naser Nowruzzadeh Chegini said the monument is built of stone
and lime with a central dome chamber. The dome has been built
using bricks. There are four entrances to the monument. The dome
chamber is encircled with a hallway.
Explorations conducted so far in the Chahar Qapi monuments have
rendered different information regarding its architecture and
Chegini who oversaw the removal of debris from the place soon
after the war noted it could contribute a lot to the
understanding of the architecture as practiced in the late Sasanid
and early Islamic period.
However, he said, the discovery of porticos and columns around
the monument is an indication that it might be built in the
Islamic era. He is going to lead a study in the monument later
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