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Traffic Hampers Efforts for UNESCO Recognition of Bishapur


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

Province of: Fârs

 09 November 2003



Due to the daily passage of some 15 thousands vehicles through the historical site of Bishapur in the Fars province, this unique city from the Sasanian era could not yet be registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Amiri, head of the permanent project of the historical site of Bishapur, said: “Initial measures to catalogue this historical spot in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List have been taken but due to the Ghaemiyeh-Kazeroun road passing through this historical spot, the registration process has encountered severe problems.”

He further added that a large part of Bishapur and its vicinity are among the properties of the cultural heritage organization. So if the Ghaemiyeh-Kazeroun road problem is solved and another road is projected for linking these two towns, there were hopes that this site would be registered on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Concerning the problem in question, Shirin Rowhani, secretary of the World Heritage Secretariat in Iran, said: “Judging the files and reports of the historical site of Bishpur, it seems that this area is well qualified for registration but due to this road problem, this has become impossible.”

According to the experts in the Road and Transportation Department of Kazeroun, 15 thousands vehicles commute on this road a day.

The historical city of Bishapur was built in the era of Emperor Shapour I (The Great), one of the Sasanian king of kings. The most well-known relics of this historical city are the relief of the Chowgan mountain pass, Shapour Cave, and its unique architecture.

This historical site has been split into two separate parts. On one side of the road Chowgân mountain pass, Shapour Cave, and Dokhtar Castle can be seen and on the other the architectural relics of the historical city of Bishapur catch the eyes.



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