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23-MAR-2009 Ali Majdfar

Niasar Chahar Taghi (Four Arches)


A building with a dome over a rock at the highest point of Niasar village. This is the same Chahar Taghi that has remained intact since the time of Sassanid dynasty (224-651 CE).
It is a 14 by 14 meter building which contains a chamber with a dome over it. There are no walls on the four sides of the chamber and has been made of stones put together with a mortar of plaster.
There are two theories about the building purpose; the first idea implies that the building was a Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Based on this idea, as the fire over the Niasar temple could be seen from distance, the building might have had a symbolic role.
Second theory which was deeply investigated in 2001, implies that such a building was an ancient observatory. The structure of the building from calendar point of view is so that at start and middle of each season, early sun rays when observed through columns, form a unique and precise configuration. This phenomenon makes the building a highly accurate solar calendar.
The green and beautiful resort village of Niasar is located 28 kilometers west of Kashan, Iran.

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Buba Jafarli16-Jan-2010 08:20
So well seen - great composition! V.
Buz Kiefer21-Oct-2009 18:09
Wonderful photo of this most interesting artifact. Vote.
Eric Herbelin20-Oct-2009 07:37
A great POV for the second theory! V
Zoltán Balogh16-Oct-2009 12:18
Beautifully composed Ali! V
jychamberland16-Oct-2009 00:10
beautiful image well composed.
Guest 15-Oct-2009 19:01
Nicely composed image!
KAI-WING LEUNG13-Oct-2009 13:47
Well capture! V
globalgadabout11-Oct-2009 17:56
an excellent composition leads the eye right to this intriguing building...the observatory theory would be consistent with ancient Persian accomplishments in the sciences...V
Guest 11-Oct-2009 17:30
beautiful, thanks for the story.
January Grey11-Oct-2009 17:27
Terrific composition, Ali. V~
Joel Escala11-Oct-2009 15:33
WEll done Ali! V
John Armstrong11-Oct-2009 14:03
Interesting (V)
Zaid Kurdi11-Oct-2009 14:01
Excellent capture Ali....Wonderful composition....Thanks for sharing these important informations......V.
John11-Oct-2009 10:08
Excellent pov and composition. V
Jaime González11-Oct-2009 07:50
Interesting perspective, well done. Thanks for the explanation about this old building. -V-
Paco López11-Oct-2009 05:39
Great pov and perspective! V!
Gerard Koehl11-Oct-2009 02:55
Magnifique composition... V
Hank Vander Velde11-Oct-2009 01:34
Terrific, well composed image with excellent info Ali.
Marcia Colelli11-Oct-2009 01:24
nice perspective, nice image and history V
CIS11-Oct-2009 00:22
Truly outstanding and thank you for the fascinating info!
Valene11-Oct-2009 00:03
Wonderful historic image! V
Bartosz Kotulski10-Oct-2009 23:03
wonderful angle and interestin point of view. like the strong light and nice composition. voted
silvia marmori10-Oct-2009 22:54
wonderful history and beautiful image
laine10-Oct-2009 22:20
Isn't it superb to think that it is still here to be observed & pondered on.
Ceya10-Oct-2009 20:42
A wonderful building with amazing history. Great composition and textures. V!
Guest 10-Oct-2009 20:39
Splendid shot Ali. Thanks for sharing your world with me. It is such a different place than my remote and rather isolated town among the Appalachian mountains. Give me more my friend!!! V
Guest 10-Oct-2009 20:28
Great image and history, ali. Very well done. V
Guest 10-Oct-2009 20:28
great omage :)
Claude Martin10-Oct-2009 20:15
Very interesting scene...V
Jean-Rene A10-Oct-2009 20:01
Great POV and composition with this rounded road.
Johnny JAG10-Oct-2009 18:54
very nice composition.
Colin Storey10-Oct-2009 18:46
Fantastic image and detailed story behind it. voted
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