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Khorhe Temple,  The only example of Greek architecture in Iran
The Khorhe historic site is one of the historical monuments of the Parthian era, located in the northeastern of Mahallat city in the central province.
Some Iranologists has been attributed to Parthian and Seleucid Empire periods. The evidence obtained from this place belongs to the Parthian Period and the first millennium BC.

The Khorhe historic site is one of the historical monuments of the Parthian era

Some scholars have described it as an ancient temple such as the Anahita Temple, while others have referred to it as a monument with Greek Hellenistic features. Also, some considered it a part of an ancient fire temple.
However, archaeological research on the building shows that the building not only was not a temple or a fire temple but also was a dedicated palace built in the first century BC and had been in use up to the end of the Selukian period. Archaeologists in this area have also received works and pottery from the Islamic period. On the other hand, research in the historical region of Khorhe and the discovered skeletons has shown that this ancient place changed to a cemetery in the Ilkhan era.
The word Khoraha in the Avesta means the location of the rising sun. Also, it means the green area.

Khorhe Palace


This historic site has an area of  3000 square meters. The complex consists of a central palace with internal and external rooms, and an outer area consisting of rooms for crew and guards.
At the present time, from this historic site, just 2 columns with a height of 8 meters, six pieces of stones, part of the stone walls, and graves have remained.
The architectural style of columns and facades are the ancient Persian and western architectural style. In the steadfastness of the columns, as like as the Achaemenid architecture, no materials have been used.
In the Khorhe Palace, the two sections of the Interior and the Exterior have two separate entrances door, which is from the architectural features of the Parthian period architecture. The interior part of the building belonged to the sheikh of the family, which used it to meet and deal with particular people, and the exterior unit was dedicated to family.