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“Atashgah”

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Atashgah”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Atashgah is on a hill, 8 Km from the city center of Isfahan, near the village of Marabin which was the site of an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple. It said that the place was developed by King Vishtasp - the patron of Prophet Zarthusthra for fire worship. The ruins of the fire temple are amid a protected archaeological site.

Visited May 2013
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“Historical Fireplace of Zoroastrians”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Atashgah or the Fire Temple is a Sassanid-era archaeological complex located on the top of a hill about eight kilometers west of city center of Isfahan, Iran. The hill, about 210 meters high, was previously called Maras or Marabin after a village near there. It is believed to be an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple which is currently no longer in use. Looking from the top of the hill gives a magnificent view of Zayandeh Rud river and the city of Isfahan.
One part of the complex, on the southern flank of the hill, is the remains of Marabin citadel of about twenty buildings/rooms. Atashgah has characteristic of Zoroastrian fire-temples of the 3rd century.
There are the remains of a tower-like circular building on the top of the hill which is known as Burj-i Qurban, "Tower of Sacrifice,". It was reportedly twenty meters high in old times.
An Arab historian Masudi visited the site around 10th century and recorded local tradition that the site was converted from one of idol worship to one of fire by "King Yustasf (i.e. Vishtaspa, the patron of Zoroaster) when he adopted the religion of the Magi.
Atashgah is one of the most favorite visiting places for local as well as foreign tourists. Climbing up the hill to see the archeological remains is an uphill task for elderly people.

Visited March 2013
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“Good trek”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Situated somewhat outside the city on a hill. The circular fire temple is good, considering its age (3000 year old from Sassanian period). The climb is also interesting and it takes a 10 minute climb. I had a good view of the city from the top

Visited November 2012
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“Steep climb with stunning sunset views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

An amazing Zoroastrian fire temple ruin on top of a hill with panoramic views of Isfahan and beyond. It takes about 30 minutes to climb and the climb can be rough. Wear sturdy shoes. check sunset times so you arrive at the summit before sunset then make sure to leave while there is enough light to make it down the hill. You will probably need to hire a car or driver to make it out to the site independently.

Visited October 2012
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“In Picturesque Decay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2011

There is so much to keep you busy in central Esfahan that if time is limited, you can safely give this site a miss. It not a patch on the mosques, bridges and palaces which are to be found in the center of this venerable old city. But the scant ruins of this Zoroastrian fire-temple are attractively located on the outskirts of town and scrambling around here to look at the crumbling walls and nearby pigeon towers, all of them many centuries old, is still a worthwhile day trip. The change of scenery from a city environment to the hills and farmland is also enjoyable. But there isn't a great deal here to see.

Visited November 2010
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