Masjed-Soleyman, where oil discovered in the Middle East for first time

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In ancient time a fire had been continuously flaming inside Sarmasjed Temple of Masjed-Soleyman. That is why it became possible to find oil and gas in the Middle East by an Englishman, William Knox D'Arcy, a hundred year ago and paved the road towards today's conflictions in the region.

French archaeology expedition under the supervision of Professor Roman Ghirshman made some important discoveries in Masjed-Soleyman. Ghirshman believes the present site of Masjed Soleyman (Parsomash) was the oldest capital of the Achaemenian Kingdom.

Masjed Soleyman's importance today is in oil exploration. William Knox D'Arcy, by contract with King Mozaffaroddin Shah Qajar, obtained permission to explore for oil for the first time in the Middle East, near this city. This event changed the history of Iran and the Middle East forever.

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Comments (249)

Tina* on October 31, 2013

Excelentes cores!!! L+F

Saudações, Tina

NewerMan Man on November 2, 2013

Hello my friend, good evening.
I never been at this place but somewhere nearby in IRAQ. Field in this photo is green and nice, but field there at IRAQ is draught and less water. In addition, it is dry and hot as I felt when landing there. So beautiful photo with a so BLUE SKY. LIKE and FAVORITE. All my best wishes, Manup.

katarina1953 on November 3, 2013

Wonderful creations of nature , it's something amazing !!!




Transit_PO on November 11, 2013

Very beautiful landscape! L&F!

GWHoffman on November 13, 2013

Beautiful composition, color & light. Wonderful capture. LK-226

Regards, Glenn

leo1383 on November 29, 2013

Like,very nice landscape,greetings Leo

Ofenhocker1 on December 18, 2013

A very beautiful landscape. Like

►BOGDAN◄ on February 26

Splendid scenery. Terrific photo.

YS 31.

Best regards.


Erol Barutçugil on March 4

Wonderful landscape, brilliant colors. Fav+Like. Greetings.Erol

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 15, 2012
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    by H. Lotfi-Azad
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2012/03/25 16:25:02
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 9.95mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash