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Niasar Cave

The Niasar Cave, غار نیاسر, was a temple probably devoted to Iranian Mithras that dates back to the early Partian era.
 
 
The New Mithraeum
27 Oct 2022
Updated on 28 Oct 2022
 
  • View of the entrance to Niasar Cave

    View of the entrance to Niasar Cave
    دخیل رمضانیان 

  • Downstairs to Niasar Cave

    Downstairs to Niasar Cave
    Ali Khalaj 

  • Niasar Cave interior

    Niasar Cave interior
    Babak S 

  • Niasar Cave interior

    Niasar Cave interior
    HAMID GOODARZI 

  • Niasar Cave interior

    Niasar Cave interior
    Morteza Alaeddini 

 

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The villagers call the cave as Talar cave or Surakh Reis. In one of the gardens of the upper parts of Niasar, the main openings of the cave lead to inside the rocks.

The Niasar cave is thoroughly man-made (except for one or two natural chambers near the entrance openings). No doubt that the cave had been a Mitra temple. Its first cut possibly dates back to the Partian era. Most Mitra temples like the Niasar cave have been built in full darkness.