Mithra Temple of Verjuy

Mehr temple of Mithraism religion

Address:
Varjovi village, 6 kilometers from Maragheh city towards the south, Maragheh, East Azerbaijan, Iran
Visiting time:
Morning to evening
Weekly holiday:
Does not have (since there are no walls or fences)
Annual holidays:
Does not have (since there are no walls or fences)
About: Mithra Temple of Verjuy

Mithra (Mehr) Temple of Verjuy is one of four known Mithraism temples in Iran and it is considering as one of the oldest places in East Azerbaijan province. This temple has many rooms connecting to each other that has been dug and carved in rocky underground, however; the most of this temple has been not excavated yet. 
Remain of Mithra temple of Maragheh ranks as one of the first inhabited and prehistoric temples. And it is a strong evidence for ancient age of Maragheh. Mithra's ritual and ceremonies was practicing in this historical place during Parthians era when Parthians were more open with different religious and believes unlike Sasanian after them.
Later on, around 700 years ago this place became holy shrine for Muslims when one of the descendants of Prophet Mohammad (God bless him and grant him peace) buried at this place. So this place turned to be more like Islamic holy place than Mithraism. Now, you can notice some Quran’s Sura and Ayat carved on the walls of this temple.
Since then local people call this place with different names, such as; Imamzadeh Masoum Maragheyie, Khanghah, Ojagh, Oleya.
This complex has temple, Cheleh Khaneh, stable, cemetery which seems to be Iron Age old.
This place is registered as a National Iranian Heritage since 1978.

General Specifications
Name
Mithra Temple of Verjuy
Age
Parthian and Iron age eras
Builder
Parthians
Architectural style
Parthian
Special features
In terms of the accuracy of carvings, it's one of the examplary temples of Iran.
Suggestions
Best time to visit
Spring and Summer
Nearest tourist attractions
The graveyard and khanqah of this site.
Access route
Address
Varjovi village, 6 kilometers from Maragheh city towards the south, Maragheh, East Azerbaijan, Iran
Facilities
Access to vehicles
Parking
WC
Residence
Restaurant
Buffet
Safekeeping
Network coverage
Mithra Temple of Verjuy
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