Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS©
Hampers Efforts for UNESCO Recognition of Bishapur
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
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.
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies