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 (248)

Darko Pavlović on May 15, 2012

Beautiful photo.

I like it.


Kastl on May 15, 2012

Hi Lotfi-Azad,

beautyfull capture.


Tom Sellek on May 15, 2012

Fine colors and contrast H. Lotfi-Azad,like.

Ciao tom

janusz_k on May 15, 2012

Nice colors, interestng description. L

BritPlom on May 15, 2012

Superb composition!


Greetings, FRançois

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Bozor Magdi on May 16, 2012

Very nice colors, nice shot



starMAN on May 16, 2012

Look so unreal place!

Andrei Matusov on May 16, 2012

Very beautifully!


WINGEGUE on May 17, 2012

Great landscape! L Greetings Günter.

dziwnowik on May 17, 2012

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greetings from Poland , Peter ♥

Chinappi on May 19, 2012

I think it is a nice picture. Thanks you for sharing.

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More generally, you have a beautiful gallery.


I am very happy for your visit and your comments. Thank you very much for them.


See you soon… Best regards from Grasse, in France.


Stathis Chionidis on May 19, 2012

Wonderful landscape and nice colours+shot my friend.LIKE.Stathis

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on May 19, 2012

Very beautiful place-- I like so much this capture!

K@rin on May 19, 2012

Interesting info , so a historical place, beautiful bright and clear view, like, best wishes Karin

Don Z on May 20, 2012


Antoni F. on May 20, 2012

magnificent lightness and colors! lk

Anupam Mukherjee on May 20, 2012

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Greetings, Anupam

Renáta .K. (Renáta's… on May 20, 2012

Very interesting information and stunning shot! ~●≈ ℒ&ℱ ≈●~ Warm regards, Renáta

Mabruka No views! on May 21, 2012

Beautiful photo and interesting information. Thanks for sharing! L-116 Best regards from Hungary, Mabruka

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 15, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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