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Ellipses & Circles

Observing the land and surroundings in which we live

The eliptical city of Shiz

Translated Jeff Matthews

The ancient Zoroastrian Shiz, located in West Azarbaijan, Iran, is called Takht-e Soleymāntoday. The site goes back to the Achaemenid period and archaeological excavations have brought to light items from the fifth century BC. The fortified city was built in masonry and is oval-shaped, about 390 x 308 meters, enclosing a number of buildings and a lake about 113 x 77 meters. The site is on the ENESCO World Heitage List.

You may view Shiz from above, for example, on Google Maps at coordinates: 36°36’16.7”N – 47°14’05.6” E (Google Maps: 36.604629, 47.234886).

Good viewing!

Gianluca Padovan (Ass.ne S.C.A.M. – F.N.C.A.)

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