Temple of Anahita at Kangavar

On the road traveling from Tehran toward the city of Kermanshah "Bakhtaran," one passes through the valley of Asad-abad. In small town of Kangavar, ruins of a majestic historic site start to appear right by the roadside. The site is known as the Temple of Anahita, built by Achaemenian Emperor Ardeshir II (Artaxerxes II), 404 BC to 359 BC. Kangavar was mentioned by the Greek geographer Isidore of Charax in the first century AD, under the name of Konkobar in ancient province of Egbatana; its name may be derived from the Avestan Kanha-vara, 'enclosure of Kanha'.

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