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Another Achaemenid Dynasty' Fire Temple Found in Anatolia


 10 August 2005


Another temple dating back to the Achaemenid dynasty has been identified in Anatolia.

According to CHN, Iranian Embassy in Ankara provided Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) with maps of structures in today known as Turkey which were built when the former province was a part of the Persian Empire.

An ICHTO official, Mohammad Hassan Mohebali said that one of Iranian experts residing in Turkey had provided maps of the temple dating back to Achaemenid era.

He said that the expert has also conducted studies to determine the geographical borders of the Persian Empire under Achaemenid rule. Such endeavor, he said, will be welcomed by the ICHTO.

Achaemenid dynasty, which was established by Cyrus the Great in 570 BC, collapsed with the invasion of the Greek warlord Alexander of Macedonia about 2,200 years ago.


Anatolia was separated from Iran after the Mongol invasion in 13th century. The former Abbasid Caliph's Turkish mercenaries, led the newly flooded Turkish immigrants from former Iranian Provinces of Central Asia, into Anatolia, created the new state with new Turkish inhabitants, mixed with indigenous Iranian and Greco-Roman stock.




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