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Chehel Dokhtar (Forty Girls) is a tower in Semnan which locals believe was built from mud and mudbrick by 40 girls who renounced worldly pleasures in ancient times. Based on the remains of Sassanid (226-651 CE) structures near this tower, it is strongly believed that the tower was either a fire temple or a sacred Zoroastrian monument. This octagonal tower stands 12-meters high and is between 50 to 60 centimeters thick. The tower once had a conical cap that has been destroyed due to the passage of time. Locals believe if single girls enter this tower and successfully throw out 3 to 7 stones they will find a mate and be married within a year. 

Chehel Dokhtar Tower

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    Damghan, Semnan Province