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Parse-Gerd Palace (Persepolis) the Eye and Heart of Iranian Peoples



Thursday, 15 November 2001

TEHRAN -- Dr Mohammad Beheshti, the director of the Cultural Heritage Organization, CHO has said that the magnificent monument at Pârse-Gerd Palace which also known as Persepolis is of utmost importance to the organization, adding that it acts as the eye of the country's national heritage.

Speaking in a meeting of Fars Province's Council of Development and Culture, Dr Beheshti said that the organization aims to introduce Persepolis to the world.

He emphasized that the nature of cultural projects differs from other projects, saying that a development project in Persepolis is being put into operation too slowly. He suggested that the officials in charge of the project answer to the entire world on this issue.

Therefore, Dr Beheshti said, in a bid to prevent any possible mistakes in the realization of the project, the Cultural Heritage Organization has to be very accurate and work gradually.

Dr Beheshti noted that twenty meetings of experts have been held this year focusing on the Achaemenid Era, adding that three contracts have been signed for the further development of Persepolis.

He said that over two billion Rials have been allocated to the tourism sector in Persepolis.

Persepolis is a stone monument located in Marvdasht plain, north of city of Shiraz.

According to historians, the monument was built in 520 BCE during the reign of Darius the Great, the third Emperor of the Achaemenid dynasty.

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