Across the river is the main city of Bishapour (the City of Shapour), also built by the captured Roman soldiers. The city walls were 6m high and the Central Palace was a blend of Persian and Roman styles. Some of the original stucco, with even a little colour can still be seen. The second hall was where numerous mosaics were found. In the middle of the site is the Anahita Temple, underneath the rest of the city it is a square building which would have contained water in tribute to Anahita.
The square is surrounded by corridors and aqueducts. There is also a 14th Century Mosque which was built not long before the devastating earthquake which destroyed the city, and said city was abandoned as people moved to the nearby town of Kasarum. We drove on from Bishapour to Shiraz and arrived tired but satisfied and happy to be spending the next few nights in the same spot.This blog is part of an Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Diary. Click on the links below to navigate through this journey.