Taq-e Bostan

Taq-e Bostan, a notable archeological site of ancient origins, is located in a village of the same name found in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. It is just northeast of the city of Kermanshah.


The interesting site of Taq-e Bostan is a series of relief carving on rock walls. The art is attributed to the Sassanid period between the 3rd-7th centuries AD. The sculptural reliefs are very well preserved, perhaps the best in Persia from that time period, and portray depictions of the coronation of Ardashīr II and Shāpūr III. There is also an iwan man-made cave with more reliefs including hunting scenes.[i] 


The sites at Taq-e Bostan are on the tentative lists to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[ii]



[i] "Taq-e Bostan." Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2014-04-23.


[ii] "Taq-e Bostan." UNESCO Tentative Lists. Retrieved 2014-04-23.

The site of Taq-e Bostan can be found along the road between Tehran and Kermanshah. A rental car, minibus, or hired taxi is the easiest way to access this landmark.