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Dash Kasan Temple (Caves)
Ali Majdfar

Dash Kasan Temple (Caves)

Zanjan Province

“Dash Kasan” is a Turkish name which means “Stone Carved”. Dash Kasan Temple (Caves) is a semi rectangle (400m in length and 50 to 300m in width) aggregate, located 10 km south east of Soltanieh, Zanjan Province.
There are three hand dug caves with beautiful cravings on walls in Dash Kasan. Two opposite dragon sculptures in length of 3.5m are the most famous carvings, carved by Chinese artists who brought to the site by the Mongol Emperor Oljaito. Alongside dragons, there are other engravings (in the Islamic style) such as flowers and paisley, in an arched fashion.
According to the theory held regarding these caves, they were utilized during two separate periods in history; Primarily, the caves were a place of worship for Mithras (God of Sun) in Sassanid period (224-651 AD). Secondly, during the Ilkhanian dynasty which is depicted by the carving such as dragons and grape wine leaves, could be used as royal cemetery.
36° 19' 51.69" N 48° 51' 53.88" E

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an nguyen02-Mar-2011 03:15
Look at the grandeur of the monument.
You added the human just bring out the magnificent and vast of the place .
Gill Kopy02-Mar-2011 02:02
Great to see the carving in perspective - really impressive V
Graeme01-Mar-2011 19:22
An amazing place to visit and capture, Ali.BV
Zoltán Balogh28-Feb-2011 11:38
A superb capture Ali! V
Lieve Snellings25-Feb-2011 22:44
great documentary and beautiful composition ! V
Jean Chiasson12-Jan-2011 00:35
A truly beautiful photo Ali vote
Giancarlo Guzzardi08-Jan-2011 08:53
impressive location
Fong Lam08-Jan-2011 05:08
Superb image with great clarity, Ali...V
FrankB08-Jan-2011 01:53
amazing stuff....V
Lennart Waara07-Jan-2011 17:46
Great documentary image in a great gallery! V
Pete Hemington07-Jan-2011 17:15
cambraniz07-Jan-2011 14:28
Another treasure, very impressive. V
Ceya07-Jan-2011 12:40
Excellent capture of a very beautiful and interesting place. V
Patricia Kay07-Jan-2011 09:27
Wonderful image with these beautiful carvings and interesting info Ali...BV
Tom LeRoy07-Jan-2011 09:03
Amazing image of these ancient treasures!V!
Paco López07-Jan-2011 06:37
Excellent and interesting image! V!
vatorman07-Jan-2011 05:45
It's scale is nicely shown with the lone observer….V
Carol Breton07-Jan-2011 03:53
A wonderful image and great information. This is amazing, Ali. Thanks for sharing. ~
Fletcher Wildlife Garden07-Jan-2011 03:05
How very intriguing! I saw the dragons first and thought they looked Chinese. Thank you so much for the text which adds another layer to your wonderful photo!
Curt Knaus07-Jan-2011 02:12
Very interesting and well captured!! V.
Hans Koot06-Jan-2011 22:21
impressive places making it very tempting to visit Iran one day :-) The woman adds to the scale
Stephanie06-Jan-2011 21:55
Nice perspective with the woman in the foreground! Thanks for the interesting information too! V
marie-jose wolff06-Jan-2011 20:53
discovery of fabulous treasures... V
pepe_carmona200006-Jan-2011 19:12
Muy buen trabajo, Gran voto
Enny06-Jan-2011 18:18
beautiful image Ali.
joseantonio06-Jan-2011 17:40
Beautiful to now some piece of history every day
Gérard Koehl06-Jan-2011 16:47
Magnifique composition et la personne sur la photo donne toute sa dimension au site. V
eye2see06-Jan-2011 16:15
Such a grand monument! Your shot together with the words brings the feel of the moment! ~V
Nestor06-Jan-2011 15:54
Excellent compostion with the lady looking up at the stone carving , she adds additional interest to your composition.
Nice light and nice image detail.
Colin Storey06-Jan-2011 15:43
Superb image of these historic caves and great detailed words about them. v
Alain Boussac06-Jan-2011 15:34
Superbly composed and exposed. Very interesting explanations, too. V.
silvia marmori06-Jan-2011 14:27
such interesting place.. thank you for notes..
well shown!
Hank Vander Velde06-Jan-2011 13:36
Very nicely taken and well composed image Ali. Great info too. Thanks for sharing.
heather06-Jan-2011 13:17
Wonderful capture Ali.. and thanks for the interesting information. V
Jim Coffman06-Jan-2011 13:06
A very nice image and I like the person standing in the foreground to give a sense of size! V
James Clarke06-Jan-2011 12:59
Great photo, interesting caption. BV
Betty Vlasiu06-Jan-2011 12:37
Wonderful detail, fantastic capture .
Steve Mockford06-Jan-2011 12:27
Nice composition, the inclusion of the person for scale was a good choice. Thank you for the detailed information.
Rodney H06-Jan-2011 12:14
That is some cool stuff. : ) v
borisalex06-Jan-2011 09:09
A wonderful monument of past times! Beautiful carvings of a great cultur! Thanks for sharing! V.
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