Bishapur was an ancient city in Iran on the ancient road between Persis and Elam. The road linked the Sassanid capitals Estakhr (very close to Persepolis) and Ctesiphon.
Bishapur was built near a river crossing and at the same site there is also a fort with rock-cut reservoirs and a river valley with six Sassanid rock reliefs.
ccording to an inscription, the city itself was founded in 266 by Shapur I (241-272), who was the second Sassanid king and inflicted a triple defeat on the Romans, having killed Gordian III, captured Valerian and forced Philip the Arab to surrender. In his native province of Fars, he built a new capital that would measure up to his ambitions: Bishapur, Shapur's City. Outside the city, Shapur decorated the sides of the Bishapur River gorge with huge historical reliefs commemorating his triple triumph over Rome. One of these reliefs, in a semicircular shape, has rows of registers with files of soldiers and horses, in a deliberate imitation of the narrative scenes on the Trajan column in Rome. At Bishapur the king also inaugurated the Sassanid imagery of the king's investiture, which would be copied by his successors: the king and the god are face to face, often on horseback, and the god - usually Ahura Mazda - is holding the royal diadem out to the sovereign.
The city, as the remarkable dam bridge in Shushtar, was built by Roman soldiers who had been captured after Valerian's defeat in 260. However, it was not a completely new settlement: archaeologists have found remains from the Parthian and Elamite ages.
The city remained important until the Arabian invasions and the rise of Islam in the second quarter of the 7th century. There were still people living there in the 10th century.
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samson (2142) 2017-02-19 22:37
Interesting 2 ancient pillars.
The notes on the history is more interesting and thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (65204) 2017-02-19 23:24
Very nice capture of the ancient columns. I like the contrasts and the charming sunlight. Well seen.
jemaflor (103719) 2017-02-19 23:30
Interesting ruins and columns, well presented, good angle and nice warm light well captured, tfs.
Nicou (152118) 2017-02-20 1:01
quelle vue et image quelle compo et socle merveilleux et ces colonnes de ces vestiqes avec ce fond en ocre quelle ensemble splendide compo.
Bravo et amitié
adramad (50002) 2017-02-20 8:09
Marvelous these two tall columns, that stand up defiant to the centuries of antiquity, amidst a dry and desolate landscape.
A pretty colorful, powering image.
Well seen and fulfilled. I like it.
You have a good day.
Very best regards.
ktanska (29469) 2017-02-20 9:45
Those two columns look really tall concidering how old they are. Your vertical framing gives a good view on them. Reddish dry landscape is quite beautiful.
lousat (98367) 2017-02-20 11:15
Ciao Fede,le tue foto iraniane sono sempre interessanti,un vero spettacolo di vedute uniche,raramente viste su questo sito e sempre di ottima qualita',complimenti per questa ed anche per le altre sempre di altissimo livello. Buona serata,Luciano
GFSSD-1 (4520) 2017-02-20 13:23
Çok güzel eserler,
çok güzel yerler,
tekrar gezmek isterdim iranı
Silvio1953 (154217) 2017-02-23 9:54
Ciao Federico, gran belle le due maestose colonne, splendida luce, magnifici colori e ottima nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (55798) 2017-02-25 14:24
se queste colonne sono in piedi da quando sono state costruite, questo è un miracolo, sono veramente molti anni.
Questo popolo era molto combattivo, fermare i romani non era facile.
Bella foto e ottima nota di accompagnamento.
macjake (73063) 2017-03-01 15:56
great post from Iran.
wow, thats quite the history, hard to image this area is as old as 266, incredible.
you captured this scene in very warm light, in fact is glowing. interesting to see how the bg landscape is the exact same colour as the columns. such a clean and crisp shot, love the subject material.
aliabazari (16304) 2017-04-04 2:34
Hi dear friend federico
Welcome to my country Iran
Very nice view of the historical pillars in Bishapur. Exposure clarity and well performed. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.