Estakhr (Middle Persian: Estakhr, Persian: Estaxr ) was an ancient city located in southern Iran, in Fars province, five kilometers north of Persepolis. It was a prosperous city during the time of Achaemenid Persia.
Estakhr first appears in history as an Achaemenid city in present-day Fârs Province, Iran. It gained its importance not only from its close association with Persepolis: it also commanded the western end of an ancient caravan-route that ran from the Indus Valley via Kandahar and Sistan to Persia.
The city temporarily became the capital of Sassanian Persia during the reign of Ardashir I (224-242) before the capital moved to Ctesiphon. During the Sasanid period (224-651) the royal treasury of the empire, known as ganj ī šāhīgān, is said[by whom?] to have been in Estakhr. In 915-916, Masʿūdī himself saw in a house at Estakhr owned by a Persian noble, "the large and very fine manuscript" of a work copied in 731 from original documents in the royal treasury.
In 659 CE, Caliph Ali sent Ziyad ibn Abi Sufyan to suppress a Persian rebellion in Estakhr. Ziyad succeeded at this and stayed on as governor. For a while, Abdallah ibn Mu'awiya (the designated leader of a Kaysanites Shia sub-sect) established himself at Estakhr from where he ruled for a few years over Fārs and other parts of Persia, including Ahvaz, Jibal, Isfahan and Kerman from 744 to 748 until fleeing to Khurasan from the advancing Umayyad forces. After being rebuilt[when?], the city lost its importance to Shiraz. Today only an archaeological site remains.
- Hill (2009), p. 242.
- Boyce, Mary (1998). "Estakr, ii. as a Zoroastrian religious centre". Encyclopaedia Iranica. Vol. 8. pp. 643–6.
- Hill, John E. (2009). Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk Routes during the Later Han Dynasty, First to Second Centuries CE. BookSurge. ISBN 978-1-4392-2134-1.
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