01 July 2001
The epigraph of Hercules in Bisotun, which was
damaged by a group of raiders, has undergone
repair, said the Director of Public Relations at
the Kermanshah provincial Cultural Heritage
Organization, Iraj Jalalvand on Saturday.
Jalalvand said that it is the
fifth time in the past three years that the statue
of Hercules has been repaired and installed.
He said that the head of the
statue is 25kg and fiberglass and cannot be
attached to the body due to severe damages and
cracks adding that for the same reason, it is
maintained at the provincial cultural heritage
directorate general's office.
The torso of Hercules, which is
an artistic masterpiece in Iran and the world,
dates back to the Seleucids era. It lies at the
heart of Bisotun Mountain, 25 kilometers from
Kermanshah, IRNA quoted Jalalvand as saying.
Hercules, the son of Zeus and
Alcmene, is a celebrated hero, who possesses an
exceptional strength. Among his many adventures
were the twelve labors for his cousin, Eurystheus,
performed in order to gain immortality.