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)

Michael D on May 21, 2012

Hello H. Lotfi-Azad.It's realy very interesting place, excellent photo.My best regards from Israel. Michael

b.e.r.n.d. on May 21, 2012

Thank you for informations and sharing. Like - Greetings Bernd

lduran on May 21, 2012

bella estampa, luis.

varkos on May 21, 2012

Very beautiful scenery! Like!

Carles G on May 21, 2012

Beautiful place. Nice capture. Like. Greetings, Carles

Amir Karimi on May 22, 2012

بسیار بسیار آفرین...طبیعتی زیبا با ثبتی زیباتر

kenfowkes on May 24, 2012

A beautiful scene, and I very much like the almost-unreal clarity you achieved.

>| Micha |< on May 30, 2012

Hello H. Lotfi-Azad,

great landscape. like

Greetings Micha

Naturalism on June 2, 2012

Great composition! Nice colors! like it!

Warm greetings from Murmansk, Russia


Zelia Waltrick on June 2, 2012

Wonderful landscape! Interesting information! Great shot! Like

Warm greetings from Brazil

Ján Čulaga on June 9, 2012

Very nice landscape. Like

Greetings, Janek.

Amar Singh on June 9, 2012

beautiful shot like

♥Alê Silveira ♥ on June 14, 2012

Belíssimas cores !!!!!!!!!!

Fred Fouarge on June 21, 2012

Looks like Pyramids Very Nice I Like It*

Wishes FRED

Jan Sognnes on June 22, 2012

Amazing landscape! Excellent shot! Like

Greetings, Jan

..kamal.. on June 27, 2012

Very beautiful and interesting picture.

Excellent composition, beautiful colours


Best Regards.....Aştî

wilma1812 on July 1, 2012

Beautiful nature and image………like

Maja Go on July 7, 2012

Very beautiful, LIKE greets, Maya

Ocminter octavio on July 12, 2012

Impresionante paisaje


Un gran saludo, Feliz semana, Octavio

Le Xuan Hung on July 14, 2012

Refreshing view and and wonderful scenery. Beautiful colors and perspective. Nice photo. L(135).

Greetings from Vietnam, Le Xuan Hung.

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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