Sassanid Empire

The Sassanid Persian Empire is the last pre-Islamic Iranian empire. It was one of the two main powers in Western Asia for a period of more than 400 years (224-651).

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Bamiyan Valley The two Buddhas were built in the period between AD 544 to 595 for the 38 meter "Eastern Buddha" and between AD 591 and 644 for the larger "Western Buddha". In this period, Bamiyan was part of the Sassanid Empire. The Gandhara school of Buddhist art, of which Bamiyan Valley is an outstanding representation, drew from the Hellenistic, Roman and Sasanian art traditions. In the Kakrak Valley caves, there are fragments remaining of a sanctuary with painted decorations from the Sasanian period. (AB ev)
Bisotun features remains from the prehistoric times to the Median, Achaemenid, Sassanian, and Ilkhanid periods
Derbent Its defence structures were built by the Sassanians in the 5th century CE
Hawraman/Uramanat "Construction of several bridges as well as expansion of local roads particularly under the Sassanid dynasty are expressive of the significance of the region in historical times. There are so many sites in the region which can confirm this." (Nomination file, p. 135)
Persian Caravanserai "The Sassanid era (224-651 CE) was an important period in the development and architecture of pre-Islamic caravanserais. .... The earliest caravanserais included in the nominated property date from this period (e.g. Deyr-e Gachin and Noushirvān)." (AB ev)
Sassanid Archaeological Landscape
Takht-e Soleyman
Walled City of Baku Maiden Tower "The site was believed to have used originally during the Sasanid era as a Zoroastrian temple" (wiki_


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