In a bid to conserve the unique reliefs
on the Chowgan Mountain Pass in Bishapur historical site
and to protect them from erosion and destruction, they
are to be renovated in the coming months.
These six reliefs, belonging to the Sasanians era, are
considered the most prominent reliefs of this era and
are located on the historical site of Bishapur. The
reliefs show victories of the Sasanians’ kings and
their crowning ceremonies.
Announcing this, Amiri, head of the Bishapur Research
Center, said: “Due to the significance of these unique
reliefs, their damage is being evaluated in a special
plan in order to protect them from destruction.”
“The permeation of the rain water into the holes is
perceived as a serious threat to these reliefs.
Following the damage-evaluating works, we are set to
rehabilitate these reliefs, taking advantage of the help
of geologists and renovation experts”, said Amiri.
Adjacent to the old city of Bishapur, there is a
mountain pass that is named Chowgan, and on its rocks,
six reliefs have been carved in the Sasanians era. The
scenes of victories Emperor Shapur I (The Great) are
displayed on three reliefs; the other three show the
triumph of the Bahram II over Arab outlaws, crowning
ceremony of Bahram I, and the victory of Shapur II over
The historical site of Bishapur is located near Kazerun,
a city of the central Iranian province of Fars.