Photographer's Note

Kuh-e-Khajeh is one of the most valuable and historical relics, located in the territory of Sistan. This hillock is at an elevation of 900 m. and is located in the midst of the Hamoon Lake, just like an island . Unfortunately there was a drought for several years and as you see, there is no sign of water now.

Khajeh mountain is just the only major mountain in the Sistan plain . This black volcanic rock was an important site and it has had a number of different names including : Oshida mountain(sacred mountain), Rustam (Iranian mythical hero) mountain .
Traditionally Khajeh mountain has been honored by the followers of Islam , Zoroaster and Christianity ; each for different reasons: Christians believe that the 3 wise men of the East saw the bright star at the top of this mountain announcing Christ's birth .Zoroastrians believe that the last Saviour ( Soshiyant ) will appear from this place and finally during the Islamic era it was a place to build tombs and shrines (like the tomb of khajeh Mehdi ).

In this shot , you see one of the important relics of Khajeh mountain including the remnants of a fire-temple and a colossal palatial structure, with spectacular architectural finish and overlooking a vast court-yard. The fire-temple of this hill has a large gateway and a square hall with corridors around. This structure dates to the first century AD. The surrounding ruins are related to the Parthian and Sassanide periods.
Another view of this mountain is available in the WS.

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