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Hamadan is one of the oldest centers of civilization The city has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium BC In the 7th century BC the city by that time known as Ecbatana was the capital city of the Medes After an alliance between the Medes and the Persians the city was renamed to Hagmatana and became the first capital of the Persian Empire Unfortunately there is little left of these glorious ancient times However there is a lot in Hamadan thats worthwhile so the city attracts a lot of visitors most of them from Tehran Baba Taher who lived in the 11th century is one of the great poets of Iran His songs and poems are still very popular His mausoleum that looks a bit like a rocket was built in 1970 We were not very excited about the outside but what happened inside was something very wonderful Here was a man who recited some of Baba Tahers poems and sung some of his songs So beautiful we could listen to this man for hours The Stone Lion is one of the remains of the ancient days In Farsi it is called Sang- Shir It has been built by the craftsmen of Alexander the Great There is another rocket-like mausoleum in Hamadan This belongs to the 10th century poet scientist philosopher and physician Abu Ali Sina In the West we know the man as Avicenna There is a small Jewish community in Hamadan Their synagoge is also the shrine of Esther the Jewish wife of King Xerxes and her uncle Mordechai Although some people claim it isnt Esther who is buried here but another Jewish Queen by the name of Shushan Dokht Inside this small building you can see the only Hebrew inscriptions in all of Iran Among a lot of other things he wrote a medical encyclopedia that has been mandatory reading for every medical student in
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