Asia: Temples, Palaces / The Cube of Zoroaster

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The Cube of Zoroaster (also known as Ka'ba-ye Zartosht) is a 5th century BC Achaemenid-era tower-like construction at Naqsh-e Rustam, just northwest of Persepolis, in Fars Province. The structure is not actually a Zoroastrian shrine, nor are there reports of it ever having been a pilgrimage site. The structure, which is a copy of a sister building at Pasargadae, was built either by Darius I (r. 521-486 BC) when he moved to Persepolis, by Artaxerxes II (r. 404-358 BC) or Artaxerxes III (r. 358-338 BC). The wall surrounding the tower dates to Sassanid times.


The square tower is constructed of white limestone blocks, that - unlike those of the sister building - are held in place by iron cramps. Mortar was not used in its construction. Each side of the building is 7.25 meters wide. The 12.5 meter high structure has a slightly pyramidal roof and stands on a 1.5 meter high three-stepped plinth. Each face of the building is decorated with slightly recessed false windows of black limestone.

 

 


 

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