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shervin19 Naqsh-e Rajab - A travel report by Bagher
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Naqsh-e Rajab,  Iran - flag Iran -  Fårs
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Naqsh-e Rajab

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This site is situated three kilometers to the north of Persepolis on the east of the main Shiraz-Isfahan road opposite the branch road that goes to Naqsh-e Rostam. This place is almost 1500 years old.


Kartir, The High Priest Of Zoroastrion
Kartir, The High Priest Of Zoroastrion
Within a gully on cliff face there are four cut reliefs some of the most important cultural remains of the early Sassanian period even more so than the Sassanian carvings at Naqsh-e Rostam. The nomenclature of Naqsh-e Rajab must have been of local significance only ( Rajab being a common personal name).



The masterpiece remained in Naqsh-e Rajab

the glorious and outstanding stone cutting of naqshe Rajab consist of:

1- Bas-relife of the coronation of Ardeshir Babakan

2- Bas-relife of Kartir, the high priest of the Zoroastrian

3- Bas-relife of Shapur 1 with his courtiers

4- Bas-relife of the coronation of Shapur 1





Bas-relief of Kartir, the high priest of the Zoroastrian



This is a beautifully sculpted figure of Kartir, the famous and powerful chief Mobed (Magus or Zoroastrian priest) of the Sassanian Empire. He is shown holding his right arm up as an act of reverence. There is a Pahlavi inscription on this relief. The first 31 lines are legible but the bottom lines have eroded in it. Kartir introduce himself and enumerates the services he has rendered for the enhancement of the Zoroastrian faith. This relief was carved and a later date.

Favourite spots:
The Coronation Of Ardeshir Babakan
The Coronation Of Ardeshir Babakan
Bas-relief of the Coronation of Ardeshir Babakan



This majestic bas-relief depicts the coronation of Ardeshir Babakan, the founder of Sassanian Dynasty. He is shown standing in reverent posture, receiving the ring of kingship from God, Ahuramazda, who also has a bunch of the sacred herb, Bersem, in his hand. Between The two there are two child figures. The one on the left is probably Hormoz 1 holding the royal diadem. The one on the right is Hercules or Vahram, the God or war, standing behind the king is the figure of a Sassanian nobleman, with a special emblem on his headdress, holding a fly-whisk above his lord's head. This figure is present in all of Ardeshir's carvings. The figure holding his arm up in reverence is Ardeshir's son, the crown prince, who succeeded him as Shapur 1. Standing behind Ahuramazda, separated from him and the main part of the relief by a column. Are the figures of two ladies of the royal household paying homage individually.

What's really great:
Shapur 1 With His Courtiers
Shapur 1 With His Courtiers
Bas-relief of Shapur 1 with his Courtiers







The relief on the left shows Shapur 1 on horseback with nine noblemen standing behind him. Three of these have the emblems of the great Espahbod (marcher lord) clans on their headgear. The first figure standing behind the king's horse in Hormoz 1 with the emblemof the heir to the throne on his headdress. there is an inscription in three languages on the flank of Shapur's horse. It reads:



" This is a figure of the Mazda-worshipping Bagh(demigod)- Lord Shapur, king of kings of Iran and Aniran who received his face from God, son of the Mazda-worshipping Bagh Lord Ardeshir, king of king who received his face from God and Grandson of Lord Papak the king".



The faces in this relief, like those on the coronation carvings, have been severely damaged or destroyed.

Sights:
The Coronation Of Shapur 1
The Coronation Of Shapur 1
Bas-relief of the Coronation of Shapur 1







There are two adjacent reliefs from the time of Shapur 1, the great Sassanid emperor. The one on the right shows Shapur receiving the ring of kingship from Ahuramazda. Both figures are on horseback with the horses facing each other and rearing at the same time, lending a special beauty to the group. The faces of the two figures have unfortunately been damaged severaly. This bas-relief is one of the most outstanding masterpieces of Sassanid artists regarding the way of cutting and carving of the figures such as horses and the waving ribbons on both sides.

Accommodations:
Persepolis is located near the Naqsh-e-Rajab
Persepolis is located near the Naqsh-e-Rajab
Since Naqsh-e-Rajab is located 3km to Takht-e-Jamshid(Persepolis), you can use its facilties. it is also possible to stay in Marvdasht which is on 5km or Shiraz which is on 45km of Naqsh Rajab. since this place is near to Takht-e-Jamshid and Naqsh-e-Rostam, you can visit these places in just one day. first, you cab visit Takht-e-Jamshid, second, Naqsh-e-Rajab and then Naqsh-e-Rosatm,The ticket price is $3 for a person. you can take a taxi and use it for 8 hours to visit these places. the price for taking a taxi can be from $30 to $35. after visiting you can return to Shiraz.



and at the end,







I highly recommand you to visist Iran,where you will never forget!

Published on Wednesday September 14th, 2011


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Mon, Sep 19 2011 - 04:40 AM rating by pesu

Bagher, you are very brave to write a report in English - I've never dared to do that and I admire you! :) Thanks for sharing these very detailed information about the fascinating reliefs of Naqsh-e Rajab!

Fri, Sep 16 2011 - 03:29 AM rating by farnaz

well done bagher.very good report as your first one.????? ???? ?????.

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