Taq-e Bostan is a rocky site in the heart of the Zagros Mountains that contains within itself the glorious reliefs left by the Sassanid sculptors. The reliefs have endured more than 1,700 years of heavy rain and wind yet they seem untouched, and like other Sassanid reliefs, they clearly convey the theme of power, glory, honor, the vastness of court, etc.
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A UNESCO-registered World heritage site located on the side of Mount Bisotun that contains a series of bas-reliefs and inscriptions from the Achaemenid dynasty dating back to 521 BC. The bas-relief that truly stands out, is the one ordered by Darius I, The Great, depicting him holding a bow as a sign of dominion and treading on the chest of a figure that lies before him on his back. There are also a series of Achaemenid sculptures and monuments to be found in the complex.
Temple of Anahita
A vast temple built in the Achaemenid era in honor of Anahita the female Goddess of water. The Architecture of the remains of the temple of Anahita is reminiscent of the Hellenistic style, yet Persian architectural designs are easy to spot.
Quri Qala Cave
With a length of 12 kilometers and 3140 meters of depth, Quri Qala Cave is one of the longest caves in western Asia and has a 65 million year history. It has three main chambers with calcite crystals, stalactites, and waterfalls. There are in total, four waterfalls in the depths of this cave, which is exceptional of a water cave of this kind. There have been some archeological finds in this cave, including relics from the Sassanid era.
Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk
Tekyeh is a mourning place for Shias. Tekyeh Moaven al-Molk was built during the Qajar era and consists of three main parts: Hussainiya, Zaeynabiya, and Abbasiya. It is famous for its exceptional tiling depicting Islamic wars and Iranian kings. In the Abbasiya section, you will find Kermanshah’s museum of anthropology and the museum of clothes and jewelry.