the inscription of Takht-e Soleiman on UNESCO’s World
Heritage List, the protective zone around it will be
The protective zone had previously been specified due to
its inscription on the Iran's National Heritage List. Now,
the demarcation of the area is put at the top of the list
of the group working at the historical site.
"The inscription of Takht-e Soleiman on UNESCO’s
World Heritage List forces us to demark in the current
year the protective zone of the complex on the spots that
are in danger of manipulation or occupation,"
explained the head of the group based in Takht-e Soleiman
Also on the measures that should be undertaken after the
addition of the site to the World Heritage List, Heidari
said that from now on beside the reports already provided
to Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization, other periodical
reports of the activities at the complex should be sent
out to UNESCO.
The historical complex of Takht-e Soleiman that
encompasses the largest Zoroastrian fire temple of Iran
was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List last week.
ancient, historical fort Takht-e- Suleiman occupies an
area of about 124,000 square metres and is one of Iran’s
most important ancient monuments, comprising ruins dating
back to the Sassanid, Ashkanian, and Islmaic periods.
is in the district of Takab at an altitude of 2,400 metres
and consists of a majestic building about 20m. High,
erected on top of a hill, and a strong stone battlement.
One enters the monument through a large gate above which
traces of an inscription in Kufic style can be seen, which
belongs to the Moghul period and is indicative of the
reparation of the place in that period.
present monument is believed to have originally been the
site of the famous Azargoshasb (Shiz) fire-altar and the
birth place of Prophet Zaroaster which propagated by
Sasanians, and its construction has been attributed to the
Parthian and Sassanid sovereigns.
Other monuments that have been so far inscribed on the
list include: Persepolis in Shiraz, Naghsh-e Jahan Square
in Isfahan, and Choghazanbil in southwest Iran about 40 km
southeast of the ancient city of Susa.