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Tomsenati Village and Its Historical Shrine in Qeshm Island

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Fatemeh Askarieh
Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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Bogh-e Pir shrine of Tomsenati village is likely to have been a Mithraism temple: a place of worship for the god of Mehr- Mithra- prior to the Seljuq dynasty.

Bogh-e Pir, meaning Pir shrine, is located in the Tomsenati village close to the Tourian region, Iran’s Qeshm Island. The shrine’s half-ruined building is still beautiful and lovely, and a main tourist attraction of the island.

Beautiful semi-circular mortar plasterworks are seen around the neck of the dome. A short, narrow and small door forms the entrance of the shrine, with the Pir Shrine lying below the ground surface. This shows that the building is likely to have been a temple of Mithraism- a place of worship Mithra, the ancient Iranian god of Mehr- prior to the Seljuq dynasty; before Pir was buried there. Future excavations are expected to prove this.

Tomsenati is in fact the name the Spaniards have used for Bogh-e Pir; it is perhaps a variation of Tomb Saint.



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