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Twin Towers of Kharaghan Undergoing Repair Works

 

News Category:

Islamic Period

 11 October 2003

 

 

 

Following an earthquake which hit the western town of Avaj in 2000, the thousand-year-old towers of Kharaghan sustained serious damages. Although the Manavi, Aladdin, and Taher shrines were also destroyed in the quake, a paramount importance has been attached to Kharaghan towers due to their antiquity and unique brick works decorations.

Estimates show that the twin towers of Kharaghan took some 50 percent damage and the dome of one of them totally collapsed while the other has lost its stability. Large and serious cracks had developed on the body of the two towers, large parts collapsed and brick works decorations sustained extensive damages and partially destroyed.

These two 45 foot high towers are, in fact, built over two burial sites 90 feet apart. According to the remaining inscriptions, one of the towers has been constructed in A.D. 1067 and the other in A.D.1093.

Pointing that the fortification and renovation works started 15 days after the earthquake, Mohammadzadeh, the head of the Cultural Heritage Department in the Qazvin province said: “Since the two towers sustained heavy damages, the first phase of the work has been dedicated to filling the cracks, initial consolidation, and documentation of the remnants, especially in decoration parts."

 

 
 

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