Taq-i Kisra, Ctesiphon

Taq-i Kisra, Ctesiphon

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The aesthetic significance of the Mada’in region is clearly reflected by all of the unique and highly significant decorative and architectural elements which have already been uncovered in the region. The Taq-i Kisra serves as the clearest example of this innovation. As the ceremonial Sasanian throne hall, this structure is the world’s largest single-span built arch. This landmark in architectural history consisted of a large iwan 43.50 m deep and 25.50 m wide with a façade made up of six levels of brickwork forming columns, entablatures, and arched niches, and was roofed by an enormous vault. Though already partially restored by the Directorate-General of Antiquities of Iraq, this monument is just part of a much larger structure which has yet to be excavated in the area. The Taq-i Kisra immediately becomes a focal point due to its great enormity and unique architectural style. The ornamentation found on the restored arch of this festival hall as well as the adjacent buildings of this palace serve as a strong reminder that the illustrious center of the Sasanian empire was once located in the heart of Iraq. #Archaeological_sites_in_Iraq #Ctesiphon #Madain_region #Sasanian_Empire
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