News ID: 236183
Published: 0652 GMT December 21, 2018

Dahan-e Gholaman main setting for Shahnameh

Dahan-e Gholaman main setting for Shahnameh

Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southeast Iran and close to Afghanistan border, is known as the main setting for legendry epic book of Shahnameh.

It is also known for its ancient city of Dahan-e Gholaman (Persian for Slaves Gateway) unveiled by seasonal sand winds, wrote.





Discovered by an Italian archeological team in the 1960s, Dahan-e Gholaman has opened a new chapter on the study of Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BCE). Archeologists believe that the city used to cover a larger area than what has remained today.

So far, archeologists have found 27 types of buildings, with different size and different utilities. To the north of the city, there is a huge mansion with 45 rooms. The mansion had only one entrance with massive pillars. And the biggest wall painting of Achaemenid Empire was found in the city.

Besides, some ancient potteries, bronze spearheads and a temple have been unearthed — all indications pointing to the Achaemenid Empire.

What surprised the archeologists the most is that no corpse or graveyard was found in the city as if inhabitants had deserted the city for no known reason.


How to get there


As Zabol is located at the far eastern corner of the country, the best way to get there is to take Tehran-Zabol or Tehran-Zahedan flights.

Fortunately, there are regional flight corridors in the region, making it easy for visitors to flight to Zabol from Zahedan, capital city of Sistan-Baluchestan Province. From Zabol, you have to take 41-kilometer ride to reach Dahan-e Gholaman.


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