Shapur Cave

UNESCO World Heritage

Visiting time:
Spring and Summer 8-20; Autumn and Winter 8-18 (It closes half an hour earlier)
Weekly holiday:
Annual holidays:
9th and 10th of Moharram, 28 Safar, 21th of Ramazan , 25th of Shavval( these are dates on the lunar calender) 14th Khordad (solar calender), 22th of Bahman and the last friday of Ramadan closed until 2:30 pm
Entrance fee(Iranian):
25.000 Rials
Intrance fee(Foreigners):
150.000 Rials
About: Shapur Cave

Shapur cave is located at the end of Chogan canyon in the four kilometer distance of Bishapur City in Kazerun town, the most important Sassanid capital in an 800 meter height from the ground and its entrance is about 30 meters. And this is why this cave is famous by the name “Shapur”. The statue of Shapur is carved in a stalagmite, and although 1700 years have passed, it is still standing and it is the only statue left from the ancient times which is approximately 7 meters long.  After passing several years, this statue is still sound, although two of its hands are broken. The statue were fallen down and it was restored by the army in 1957. This statue indicates Shapur in a standing position.
There are two stone inscription at the entrance of the cave, which one of them is the translation of Shapur’s inscription in the role of Rajab and the other is how the statue was restored after 1000 years in 1957 by the army. Both inscriptions were created by the army during the Pahlavi era.

This cave and some other archaeological sites situated in three geographical parts in the southeast of Fars Province: Firuzabad, Bishapur and Sarvestan were recorded in UNESCO World Heritage in 2018 as Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region.

General Specifications
Shapur Cave
This cave has become famous for having an statue of Shapur I inside its mouth.
Physical features of the cave
Its openings is about 30 meters. Shapur's statue is located at the mouth of the cave.
Special features
Having the statue of Shapur at its opening.
Best time to visit
The early hours of the morning
Necessary equipment
Sunglasses and caps and sunscreen.
Nearest tourist attractions
Ancient Bishapur city, Chougan canyon
Access route
4 kilometers from Chougan canyon, 30 kilometers north of Kazerun, Fars, Iran
Access to vehicles
Network coverage
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