In this article, Persian Travel and Tourism Agency intends to introduce one of the historical and religious monuments of Isfahan, Zoroastrian fire temple which is called Atashgah in Persian. Atashgah has not been considered as much as it should be and very few people are aware of its existence, however in this article we will fully acquaint you with this fire temple and its features, so join us.
Antiquity of Atashgah
In order to check the antiquity of Isfahan’s Atashgah, we should look at its hill and provide a complete explanation about it. According to geological studies, this hill was geologically formed during the Cretaceous. Isfahan’s Atashgah, dates back to the Sassanid era. In fact, the construction of this Atashgah dates back to 6 centuries BC, whose survival shows the precise engineering of that time and it is regarded as one of the oldest fire temples in Iran. The thing you should know is that the Atashgah is made of brick layers and a thin layer of reed has been used between the two rows of bricks, and the use of this reed made the Atashgah so strong.
Atashgah or Fire temple had a variety of uses, it was used as a place of worship for the one God. Many people think that as fire is sacred in Zoroastrianism, they are fire worshipers. Atashgah, in Zoroastrianism acts as a seal for Muslims and they were also monotheists. Other uses for the fire station include gatherings, kings ‘speeches, conservation of jewelry and ornaments, and the announcement of important events such as war and peace. The fire of the fire temple or Atashgah was never extinguished, so it was called “eternal fire”.
Although it has been many years since the fire was extinguished, it still plays a key role among those interested in the ancient history and culture of Iran. Today, the only use of Isfahan’s Atashgah is the visit of Iranian and foreign tourists and travelers. One of the most important parts of the Isfahan’s Atashgah is the octagonal room, in each corner of which a window is installed. According to historical studies, Zoroastrian priests placed the sacred fire inside this room and respected it. Today, many efforts have been made to the Atashgah, and this place is considered as one of the tourist attractions of Isfahan.
The best time to visit Isfahan’s Atashgah
The location of the Atashgah is in the middle of the road from Isfahan to Najafabad, and although it is close to the city, it does not have good facilities for travelers. The best time to travel and visit the historical Atashgah is on dry and relatively cool days of the year. Isfahan’s climate is dry and hot due to its proximity to the desert and water-scarce areas, which will make travel difficult in summer or winter.
Travelers do not have a shelter to protect themselves from winter rain and snow or the scorching summer sun, and we suggest that you choose the spring season to visit Isfahan’s Atashgah. If you are planning to visit a tourist attraction, one of the most basic things you should do is, to research the best time to visit that tourist attraction.
In response to the question of when is the best time to visit Atashgah, is that; as Atashgah is situated near Isfahan it is really important to check the weather of Isfahan and when it is in a good condition.
The best month to travel to Atashgah and Isfahan is spring, when the weather is not too cold and not too hot. In addition, you will not experience the overcrowding that occurs during the Nowruz and early New Year holidays. Prices for other hotels and accommodations will also be lower than usual these days.
Ways to access Atashgsh
The access route to Atashgah is very clear. All you have to do is enter Atashgah Boulevard via Kharazi Highway or Jihad Street and move towards Najafabad. After 8 km, you can find the entrance of Atashgah. As the Atashgah is built on a cliff, you must be able to walk on the mountain and climb it.
The path to the top of the hill is a bit rough and difficult, making it impossible for most people to reach Atashgah. The short distance from the fire temple to the Monar Jonban can also be a good opportunity to visit both places. To reach Monar Jonban, you have to move 2 kilometers to Isfahan. You can see both collections in one day with a little patience and time.
The entrance fee to the Atashgah in Isfahan for Iranian travelers and tourists is 15,000 Tomans per person. Although this amount is received to improve the quality of services and restoration of the building, the possibility of destruction and destruction of the Atashgah is increasing day by day. Isfahan’s Atashgah tourist is open every day from 9 am to 9 pm and it is open to the public. You can go to the Monar Jonban in the morning and come to the restaurants around the fire temple at noon. After a short rest and cooler weather, it is time to go to the Atashgah.
Guide to go to Isfahan Fire House
The circular building of Atashgah is at the highest point of the ancient hill of Isfahan, which is several million years old. An 8-corner room with windows facing out in every corner. Although it does not require many facilities and special equipment, it requires observance of points, each of which adds to the beauty of your trip:
- Choose the right time to go to Atashgah: It is available from 9 am to 9 pm, but do not postpone your departure too soon or too late. Watching the city and the surrounding scenery from a hilltop can be fascinating. Watching and photographing the sunset through the windows of the Atashgah is imaginative and interesting.
- Wear the proper shoes: The path to the top of the hill is a bit difficult. Having the proper shoes will help you climb the hill with less fatigue and without damage. The zigzag route up the hill consists of small and large pebbles that make it impossible for everyone to cross.
- Carry a personal car: On the way of Atashgah the last bus station is 8 km from you and there is no metro station. Of course, you can travel with taxi, but if you have access to a personal car, it is the best option to use. Atashgah parking lot is open all time.
- Accommodation near Atashgah: There are some hotels near Atashgah like Sassanian Karimi hotels, Astan Moqaddas Amazadeh Shamsuddin and Bagh Ali Khakzar hotel with suitable quality and much lower prices than hotels in the city.
Historical Atashgah of Isfahan is an astonishing place to get familiar with the Zoroastrian fire temples, worshiping of fire and characteristic of Zoroastrian fire-temples of the 3rd century. Persiana Travel and Tourism Agency tries to give you enough information and some tips to have better visit in Atashgah.