Siraf Ancient Cemetery

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Siraf Ancient Cemetery

Siraf Ancient cemetery, Bushehr, Iran

Siraf is one of the most spectacular cities in Iran, which is very popular with tourists due to its location on the Persian Gulf and a short distance to the coast. This city is located in the west of Assaluyeh and in the border of this city with Bushehr.

In addition to its exemplary beauty, the city of Siraf also has several tourist attractions. One of these attractions; It is an ancient cemetery on the outskirts of the city. The structure and architecture of this cemetery is such that the tombs are dug in perfectly regular rows next to each other in the heart of the rock. The number of these tombs is very large and for this reason they have created a unique and different view.

Refrain from placing corpses in the ground and using rock crevices for this purpose; It has a long history in Iran and dates back to some religions and sects. For example, in Zoroastrianism, soil is considered sacred and it is disgusting to contaminate it with a corpse. For this reason, in many parts of Iran, cracks in the mountains and rocks have been used for a long time to place corpses.

The tombs in Siraf are also built in the heart of the stone for this reason so as not to come into contact with the soil. The corpses were placed inside these natural stone coffins to be destroyed over time, and then the remaining bones were placed in places called masters so that the graves could be reused. There are relatively large stone chambers in this cemetery that were probably used by Ustadan.

The ancient cemetery of Siraf is located on the outskirts of the city and does not require a long walk to visit. Along the way to the cemetery, you can also visit the water wells in this area, which have been dug in the heart of the rock.

Mehdi Gholami.


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