Bisotun

Thirty kilometers east of Kermanshah lies Bisotun Mountain.In Bistun and nearby mountains you can see traces of human endeavor to record the history of a nation.The site contains about 2000 culturally significant monuments from

Bisotun

Bisotun

prehistoric times to ll-Khan period.Examples include a Median temple,a Median city,a Sassanid city and Safavid caravanserai etc.The most important monument of the site,however ,is an achaemenid bas-relief depicting Darius The Great and a group of rebels.


Bisotun

Bisotun

Under the bas-relief, there is a large inscription dating back to 520 BC.The inscription ,which is one of the world’s most famous and reliable historical documents, is a narration of historical events during the reign of Darius I as well as the

names of Iran’s neighboring countries and geographical regions of the time in three ancient languages.The rectangular cuneiform inscription is 21 meters long and 8 meters wide.This was the first cuneiform inscription to be translated to modern languages.