Mehr Temple, Maragheh, Iran
Mehr temple, Maragheh, Iran
A mysterious underground place of prayer dating back to age of Parthian empire, placed 12 km far from Maragheh observatory (city in East Azerbaijan province, Iran).
This temple is known as the oldest Mithraism temple in Iran. Mithraism is a faith emerged before Zoroastrian in Persia. Mithra was a deity of sun that people worshiped her from India to Europe.
Mithraistians believed that Mithra was an angle born in a cave, so they used to worship Mehr in any cave they thought there is probably the birthplace of Mehr. Mithraism faith considered four elements of nature (water, air, soil and fire) as sacred elements.
The structure of this temple is consisted of dome, altars, a main hall and two chambers.
This temple was not only for praying Mehr, but also it was a place used for praying different religions during the time, for example, during the Ilkhanid era, it was used as a convent by Sufis. During Safavid era, turned to pilgrimage place, also Mullah Masoum Maraghi is buried there.you can see Qur’anic inscriptions on the walls of main hall.
This temple is a cemetery of ancient structure. The underground structure offers great sense of silence.
How to get there?
Since the temple is 6 kilometers away from Maragheh city and this city is close to Tabriz (the capital of east Azerbaijan province) you can get to Mehr temple by taking a taxi or getting a bus. Also Maragheh has access to railway station.
Address: Iran, East Azerbaijan province, Tabriz city, 6 kilometers to Maragheh, Mehr temple