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The hollow mountain known as Zendan-e Soleyman ( Prison of Solomon ) is situated 3 kilometers to the west of Takht-e Soleyman in west Azarbaijan ( Takht-e Soleyman was recognized as a World Heritage Site in July 2003 ).The height of this conical mountain above neighboring lands is 97 to 107 meters and a hole approx 80 meters deep can be seen above it with its opening diameter being approx. 65m.

Drying of the mountain hole water was not sudden. Rather, the water level gradually decreased over a long time and the reason for this was the wet sediments of the lower layers where the sediments have been compacted more.


Around the cone-shaped opening of the prison mountain, there are the ruins of the holy temple from the first millennium B.C. which was studied and investigated by a board of German archeologists during the decade of 40. The remains of this architectural temple and discovered things show that they belong to Mana period. They ruled this part of Iran in 660 to 830 B.C.. After flourishing of the Azargoshnasb fire temple in Sassanian period, this historical place and some of its architectural parts used as a guardianship castle.


Another point to be noted about the prison is the existing gas and springs in this well, still active with the subsided walls of a gas spring in the hole inside the mountain and this powerful gas-bearing spring has with all its force thrown out the unwanted stones and kept its highly placed mouth open flowing with water inside it. Indeed, we cannot yet distinguish the spring inside the opening from the height of 80 m because the ruins and sedimentary layers collapsed into the hole do not let it be seen.


Lots of warm water springs are seen in this site; some of them are used for hydrotherapy and there are few constructions built for this purpose.
I myself prefer to see the natural form of these springs and the one in the FG is one of them.
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There is a shot from the top of the prison mountain in the WS.

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