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Karaftoo Cave
03-MAY-2011 Ali Majdfar

Karaftoo Cave

Kurdistan Province

Karaftoo Cave is located somewhere between cities of Divandareh and Saqez. This relic accounts for being a reputed and important one in the province of Kurdistan. The cave structure is related to the Parthian era and about the 3rd century BC. The dwellings of this cave, 2000 years ago were reputed temples of Heracles (the Grecian deity). In one of the chambers, the name of Heraclitus is engraved in the Latin script, whereas, on one of the walls of the third chamber there is an impression of a rider hunting a deer.
This is a reminder of the victorious Goodarz the Parthian, over the monarch of Armenia. Gaining access to this archaic temple proves difficult today because of its steep gradient. On entering the cave and crossing chambers of stone, there is a large area, connected by dark corridor to two pools of stone. In the third and fourth chambers there are other attractive impressions. In other parts of the cave there are remnants of corridor, porches, chambers of stone and outlets such as windows. Evidences prove that this cave is related to the eras of Mithraism and sun worshippers

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waterfalls man25-May-2011 14:04
Great Shot V!!
Pierre22-May-2011 14:43
Une prise de vue splendide! V
CM Kwan22-May-2011 12:48
Very nice PoV, Ali! V
Lamar Nix22-May-2011 12:24
Impressive facade on this antiquity! Your description gives life to the work. V
Kay22-May-2011 11:03
So much history to be told and I really appreciate your interpretation. V
Stephanie22-May-2011 10:19
What a magnificent place!!! BV
Ceya22-May-2011 10:07
Impressive view with many interesting details! Big vote.
cambraniz22-May-2011 08:24
Very impressive. V
Zoltán Balogh22-May-2011 07:51
How wonderful it is Ali! V
Gérard Koehl22-May-2011 07:00
Magnifique endroit... V
heather22-May-2011 06:17
Fabulous capture with great detail. Thank you for the interesting info' Ali. V
Martin Lamoon22-May-2011 06:14
Superb shot of the Karaftoo Cave and thank you for the fascinating history of the place. V
joseantonio22-May-2011 04:47
Spectacular place
Yvonne22-May-2011 04:25
A wonderful piece of history! v
vatorman22-May-2011 03:23
Fantastic PoV! V
Hank Vander Velde22-May-2011 02:10
Nice image and informative info Ali.
Graeme21-May-2011 21:50
Such an amazing place to capture, Ali.Vote
Hans Koot21-May-2011 21:37
Thanks once more for these good shots and the interesting archeological sites, really amazing
marie-jose wolff21-May-2011 20:51
fantastic place! V
Fletcher Wildlife Garden21-May-2011 20:48
Striking image. I would love to see this one day. At least we can all view this site through your lovely photos. Thank you!
carabias21-May-2011 19:40
Beautiful picture of a place rich in history. V
Colin Storey21-May-2011 18:46
Fantastic perspective, looking forward to the gallery. v
Tom LeRoy21-May-2011 18:39
Fantastic view ! V
Jim Coffman21-May-2011 18:28
Amazing!! V
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