Kermanshah is the capital of Kermanshah province, 526km to Tehran. It has moderate climate, also the largest Kurdish-speaking city. Kermanshah is very old city, according to excavations it has been occupied by prehistoric people. There are ancient remains in its neighborhood which suffice to attract the attention of tourists. Kurds are faithful to their traditions.

 

Bistun (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

    The Bistun mountain located at 32km away from Kermanshah. According to an archaeologist prehistoric man inhabited Bistun. There are Achaemenians inscriptions high up on the Bistun cliff, which shows the story of the battles of Darius in 521-520 B.C against the governors who were trying to dismantle the Empire founded by Cyrus.

Taq-e Bostan

    Sassanid rock carvings, bas-reliefs decorate two grottoes, large and small. One is a majestic bas-relief depicting the investiture of Artaxerxes II. The next is a small arched, showing Shapur II and his grandson. The third is a larger grotto depicting an armored figure holding a lance, and an upper panel showing a royal investiture. Both are believed to represent Khusrow II.

Statue of Hercules

    This statue is situated in the mount Bistun, was constructed in 153B.C during the time Seleucid or Parthian empire. It is lying on a 2/20 m long platform, which attached to the mountain.

Anahita Temple at Kangavar

    The temple of Anahita (guardian of water) located in kangavar 90km to the east of Kermanshah. The building is rectangular. The platform is higher than the ground by several steps which have disappeared now.