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Taq-e Bostan


The large and the small cave. Photo Marco Prins.
The large and the small cave
Taq-e Bostan ("the arch of the garden"): site of several Sasanian rock reliefs, on the northeastern outskirts of modern Kermanshah.

At Taq-e Bostan ("the arch of the garden"), situated in the neighborhood of modern Kermanshah, several Sasanian reliefs can be found:

In front of the monuments is a little artificial lake and an ancient garden, or "paradise". They were probably created in the Parthian age, but the reliefs are younger.

A satellite photo can be seen here.

Ancient-Warfare.com, the online home of Ancient Warfare magazine
Investiture Relief of Shapur II at Taq-e Bostan.  Photo Marco Prins. Little cave of Shapur III. Photo Marco Prins. Khusrau II on horseback. Photo Marco Prins.
Investiture relief of Shapur II Small cave of Shapur III Large cave of Khusrau II

Literature

Louis Vanden Berghe, Reliefs rupestres de l' Iran ancien (1983 Brussels), #79-84.
Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2004
Revision: 16 Nov. 2009
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