Kermanshah is the capital city of Kermanshah Province, located 525 km from Tehran in the western part of Iran and about 120 km from the border of Iraq. Kermanshah has a moderate and mountainous climate. Kermanshah has a moderate and mountainous climate by the proximity of the Zagros mountain range. The most important historical sites in kermanshah are as below:
Tagh-e Bustan orTaq-i-Bustan is a series of large rock relief from the era of Sassanid Empire of Persia, the Iranian dynasty which ruled western Asia from 226 to 650 AD. This example of Sassanid art is located 5 km from the city of Kermanshah in western Iran. It is located in the heart of the Zagros mountains, enduring almost 1700 years of wind and rain.
The carvings, some of the finest and best-preserved examples of Persian sculpture under the Sassanids, include representations of the investitures of Ardashir II (379–383) and Shapur III (383–388). Like other Sassanid symbols, Taq-e Bostan and its relief patterns accentuate power, religious tendencies, glory, honor, the vastness of the court, game and fighting spirit, festivity, joy, and rejoicing.
Sassanid kings chose a beautiful setting for their rock reliefs along an ancient Silk Road caravan route way point and camp ground. The reliefs are adjacent a sacred spring that empties into a large reflecting pool at the base of a mountain cliff.
Taq-e Bostan and its rock relief are one of 30 surviving Sassanid relics in the chest of Zagros mountains.