Kangavar, also known as Konkobar or Concobar, is located 75 km from Hamadan & 96 km from Kermanshah. Its name is thought to be driven from the Avestan Kanha-vara. In the first century AD, Isidore Charax mentioned Kangavar as a city in the ancient province of Ecbatana. The city contains 30 villages which are all quite fertile as they lie in the Kangavar Valley.
Located on the easternmost part of Kermanshah, Kangavar is well-known for its archaeological remains of a mixed Sassanid & Achaemenid-style edifice. The first excavations in the city were made in 1968 to reveal the secrets of an archaeological site in Iran popularly thought to have been attributed to the ancient deity Anahita.
Anahita Temple in Kangavar is Hellenistic in character & yet displays Persian designs. The temple has some plinth & their enormous dimensions measure each over 200 m on a side, & its megalithic foundations which echo Acaemenid stone platforms, constitute Persian elements. This is thought to be corroborated by the two lateral stairways that ascend the massive stone platform recalling Achaemenid traditions, particularly of the Apadana at Persepolis.
It is believed that the site was a columnar temple decicated to Anahit. The construction is said to belong to Parthian style which was renovated in the Sassanid period. This site has made the city a popular tourist attraction in spite of the fact that more has to be learned about this beautiful ancient temple.
Sadly Americans can no longer visit Iran but if we could we would return immediately and of course spend our trip with Ahmad. He has extensive and thorough understanding of both the history and modern circumstances of this fascinating country. Ahmad is passionate about his...More
At the beginning we were scared to have a guide driving the two of us for two weeks. What if we don't like each other? It turned out that Ahmad is an excellent guide not because he possesses a lot of knowledge about his country...More
Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan and Qom: for two weeks we were regaled with many insights into the fabulous centuries-old history of Iran. From the roots of the Zoroastrianism to the splendors of Persepolis, a journey through the country’s history is given more meaning when...More
I visited Iran with a slovenian agency and Ahmad Janati was our tour guide. I would definitely recommend him, as he possesses a huge amount of knowledge in history, politics, culture,... His English is very good, which makes things a lot easier for you when...More
Thank you for the best trip of my life, Ahmad and Iran!! Iran was at once everything I had hoped and not at all what I expected. It is an exceptionally beautiful country with an equally warm and inviting population. The delicious food doesn't hurt...More
Had a great time in Tehran with Ahmad Janati-he took us all over Tehran. It was an amazing experience. The people were so nice-even for a big city such as Tehran. Ahmad accommodated all of our requests for the things we were interested in seeing-Shah's...More
My wife and I spent two weeks in Iran on tour with Ahmad in May this year. We so enjoyed his knowledge and company and driving us around to suit our interests. We also went to places like Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan and Tehran. One...More