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Protection of the Sasanian Reliefs in Bishapur


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Sasanian Dynasty

 13 December 2003




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 his enemies.

The historical site of Bishapur is located near Kazerun, a city of the central Iranian province of Fars.




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