Takhti Sangin (literally “Throne of Stone”) is the excavation site of an ancient Greco-Bactrian temple built at the confluence of the Vakhsh and Panj rivers – the beginning of the Amu Darya river. The temple was in use for over six centuries, and hosted both local Zoroastrian rites (fire worship) and Greek religious traditions (water worship to the god of the Amu Darya). The Oxus Treasure, found nearby, is now in the British Museum, while artefacts from the Takhti Sangin site can be found in a museum in Dushanbe.
Little is left of the temple. For photos, please view the British Embassy’s photo album.
This is a difficult site to visit, as it is on the border with Afghanistan. A permit is required, and often so is an escort. It is also unpredictable. At certain times the border guards close this area without making any announcement anywhere.
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