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Category Archives: Religious Attractions

The shaking minarets of Isfahan

In one of the best known cities of Iran by the tourists, Isfahan, there is a monument which is considered an architectural wonder. However this is not due to the fancy shape or design of the building, rather due to its shaking minarets!

Monar Jonban (the shaking minarets) is a monument in Isfahan dedicated to Amu Abdollah, who was considered a great Sheikh of his time.

Menar Jonban - Monar Jonban

World’s oldest church (probably!)

The church of “Naneh Maryam” (which mean Mother Mary in Farsi), is one of the oldest churches of the world and is located in Urmia, northwest of Iran.

It is believed by the locals that Naneh Maryam church is either the oldest church in the world, or the second oldest right after the great church of Bethlehem in Palestine. This church is historically traced back as far as the year 32AD. In the past centuries, Naneh Maryam church has also been used as a cemetery.

Church of Naneh Maryam

Church of Naneh Maryam

Before building a church, this location has been the site of a Zoroastrian fire temple. As the story goes, upon the birth of Jesus, the Zoroastrian priests of this temple saw a shooting star in the sky and believed that this shooting star was the birth sign of the promised savior. Therefore they started their journey towards Jerusalem in the hope of finding the truth. In Jerusalem, they converted to Christianity and upon returning, converted the fire temple to a church.

The Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd

In the heart of Iran, city of Yazd, is a Zoroastrian temple with a burning sacred fire since 1,500 years ago.

City of Yazd, which is located in the province of the same name, is famous for its unique architecture due to centuries of adaptation to the harsh desert weather. It is also considered one of the main Zoroastrian centers of the world.

Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions and the official religion of the pre-Islamic Iranian empires. Zoroastrianism is based on three main principles: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.

yazd

The main building of this temple is 21 meters tall and is decorated with a Faravahar relief on the main façade. Faravahar is the well-known sign of Zoroastrianism and is said to be the depiction of Fravashi, which is a Zoroastrian concept referring to the spirit of any individual throughout the history and in the eternity. The current building was built in the year 1934 by a small Zoroastrian community in the city.