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An iranian couple proudly admiring their ancient heritage at Taq-e Bostan.

I discussed a bit with them after, they were very happy that a foreigner had come a long way to see the beautiful statues of Taq-e Bostan. I sure would have travel even further to see these impressive sculptures!

Taq-e Bostan is a sassanid site set at the foot of a mountain just outside Kermanshah. Two grottoes ("taq" in persian) and a low-relief have been carved; this is the main grotto. The identification of the kings represented here is uncertain, but it is usually said that the knight in full battle armour is Khosrau II, a very famous hunter and conquerer, riding his legendary horse Shabdiz. The three characters of the coronation scene over him are from left to right: the goddess Anahita pouring libation, and unidentified king, and Ahuramazda giving the king the ring of power.

This kind of representation and massive style of sculpture is unique in all sassanid empire. There is even better to see on the side walls, that will be my next post...

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