Introduction to Cube of Zoroaster
Opposite the tombstones of Naqsh-e Rustam, you will be amazed by a cubic building captured a view of large stone bricks, known as the Cube of Zoroaster or Ka’ba-ye Zartosht; an ancient religious symbol that founded the Achaemenid religious ideology. The elegance and splendor of the Achaemenid monuments are evident in this monument which consists of a great historical attraction, although there are diﬀerent theories about the building’s function during the Achaemenid era, from the Avesta to the Holy Fire.
History of Cube of Zoroaster
You will see the Ka’ba-ye Zartosht in a recess above the surface and a row of stairs in front of which some have been destroyed. Around the stone cube, there are inscriptions in three languages such as Sassanian Middle Persian, Arsacid, and Greek belong to Shapur I (Sassanian King), and the other to Priest kartir that are reminiscent of the Sassanid era and hold vital government documents in the period.
Cube of Zoroaster Architecture
About Material and Structure of Cube of Zoroaster (Ka’ba-ye Zartosht)
The stone monument is 46 meters away from the mountain, facing Darius II’s tomb. The material is white limestone, with one inlet of 1.75 m high and 78 cm wide. The place embraces a heavy double door that accommodates the lower and upper heels of each stone, it is well known that the gateway enters its chamber by a thirty-step stone staircase. The Cube of Zoroaster is a distinctive building in terms of architectural principles, size, lines, and external attractiveness. The Cube of Zoroaster was a revered and valuable monument in ancient times with a mystery that draws travelers into this wondering structure to gratify their curiosity about history.
Location of Cube of Zoroaster
Naqsh-e-Rustam is a magnificent building on Hajiabad Mountain (Kuh-e Hajiabad) and one of the attractions of Zangiabad village in the north of Marvdasht city, located 6 km away from Persepolis; a symbol of the three periods of Elamite, Achaemenid, and Sassanid periods. To visit the Cube of Zoroaster, you have to go to the Naqsh-e Rustam complex.
Where to eat near Ka’ba-ye Zartosht
Persepolis Persian Restaurant
Persepolis Persian Restaurant is on the private road of Persepolis. The restaurant is a complete traditional place with an exquisite atmosphere and is suitable for family gatherings.
Sufi Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Shiraz, which serves a complete menu of Persian and French food in a lovely traditional environment with interior design in the style of the Zandieh era. Some say that the best Kalam Polo Shirazi (Cabbage and rice – traditional Shirazi food) is available in the Sufi restaurant.
Sharzeh is the oldest traditional restaurant in Shiraz with a memorable atmosphere; you can order tasty foods with hot fresh bread baked by the chef, enjoying live music while eating your food there.
Where to stay near Ka’ba-ye Zartosht
Parsian 4* Hotel
Parsian 4* Hotel is another member of Parsian Hotels Group, located in the city centre with amenities and desirable services and is a good choice for tourists.
The Darbary Hotel complex is in the heart of the historical and cultural context of the city. One of the considerable advantages of this 3* international hotel is the modern and up-to-date facilities in a traditional atmosphere.
Mah Monir Residence
Mah Monir Traditional Residence, the 120-year-old residence that dates back to the late Qajar and early Pahlavi eras, is considered an economy hotel in Shiraz.
Persepolis Tourism Complex
Persepolis Tourism Complex is one of the hotels with a history of providing tourism services. The complex is at 8 km of Marvdasht-Persepolis road, 72 km from Shiraz city.
Apadana Hotel in Persepolis is a stunning building belonging to the second Pahlavi era, located 100 meters from the magnificent Persepolis. The edifice is in the middle of a garden that has provided a pleasant ambiance for visitors.
Chamran Grand Hotel
Shiraz Chamran Hotel or Chamran Grand is a 5* luxury hotel at the highest point in the most pleasant climate of the cultural and historical capital of Persia, Shiraz. The hotel overlooks Qasr Al-Dasht, giving you a unique view of Eram Garden and Hafez Tomb. Chamran Tourist Hotel complies with international quality standards, a variety of Persian, traditional, and Italian restaurants, and a coffee shop with live music, creating delightful memories of staying in a calm and friendly environment.
Zandieh 5* Hotel
The five-star Zandieh Hotel in Shiraz is in the Zandieh complex. The hotel is not far from the historical and cultural attractions of the city, such as the Karim Khan Zand complex and Pars Museum. The traditional Persian bath with impressive architecture is one of the most specific services that the guests of this hotel can enjoy.
Aghamir Ecological Resort in Pasargad, Shiraz, with a history of 100 years, is located in the historical context of Saadat Shahr. The residence is a native house with brick walls and captivating and historical architecture from many years ago and is also active in promoting cosmic tourism (Astro-tourism).
By staying at Aghamir Ecological Resort, in addition to experiencing a simple life in a native house, you can also benefit from various programs of the place. Pasargadae and the joyful local music are other considerable activities of such a residence.
When to visit Cube of Zoroaster
The best time to visit Shiraz in the spring is from March 10th to May 20th. As in this season, the climate of Shiraz is in the mildest possible state, and the orange blossoms of spring have adorned the city. Shiraz’s summer weather is hot versus autumn is a good time to visit the city; so you can plan a trip to Shiraz from early September to late December.
How to visit Cube of Zoroaster
A rectangular cube building with white and black stones standing in front of one of the tombs of the Achaemenid kings is the Cube of Zoroaster. A building with the wrong name that no one knows whether it had a religious function or it was a place to keep the Avesta book, which is the Zoroastrian Bible and the influence court documents of the Achaemenids.
* Remember to bring comfortable backpacks, walking shoes, sunglasses, masked hats for sunny days, and water bottles.
How to get to Ka’ba-ye Zartosht
One of the most exciting types of visit Shiraz is traveling by car or bus since you have to pass through the historic and stunning cities of Persia on your trip, knowing Persia better than ever. If you are eager to travel by train, you can travel to Shiraz by purchasing a ticket. The fastest and easiest way to travel to Shiraz is by plane; there are daily flights from Tehran to Shiraz Shahid Dastgheib International Airport (SYZ).
Cube of Zoroaster
Cube of Zoroaster, Ka’ba-ye Zartosht,