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Naqsh-i-Rustam: The Ka'ba Zardusht (The Cube of Zoroaster), 6th-5th century BC

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Title: Naqsh-i-Rustam: The Ka'ba Zardusht (The Cube of Zoroaster), 6th-5th century BC
Author(s): Ghirshman, Roman
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Achaemenian;architecture;book scan
Description: The "fire temple" which stands in front of the tomb of Darius surrounded by a high wall. Built of dressed limestone blocks with three rows of "blind windows", recessed, in black stone. The entrance, level with the second tier of windows, gives access to a single room (17 feet 5 inches x 12 feet 3 inches). The roof, which has not survived, had four sloping sides like a tent. Similar to a similar tower at Pasargadae, its use is conjectural. Wikander believed it to have been a temple of Anahita, others saw it as a tomb, and Henning as a building erected for housing church archives. Ghirshman plumps for it being a fire sanctuary where the "eternal fire" was guarded day and night. -- 36' x 23'.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4231


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