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
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.
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.