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Ancient Iranian Academic Center to Rise from the Ashes


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Sasanian Dynasty

 05 September 2003



An ancient Iranian research center is set to be revived in northeastern Iran some 800 year old after it was ransacked. Efforts are underway to build a huge scientific research center in what was once the Rab’ Rashidi academic center in the East Azarbaijan province.

The research center’s board of trustees, including the culture and Islamic guidance minister, the sciences, research and technology minister, the health minister as well as the heads of the endowments organization, the cultural heritage organization and the state management and planning organization has started practical steps for the revival of the historical center, including reclamation of land in the area.

Deputy head of the East Azarbaijan province cultural heritage department Saed Hodai said the reconstruction of the scientific complex would take note of the current needs.

Rab’ Rashidi was built on orders from Khajeh Rashidoddin Fazalollah Hamedani, the powerful chancellor of sultan Mahmoud Qazankhan on slopes of the Sorkhab mountain. Considered on of the architectural wonders of the 13th century century, it accommodated thousands of people in its heyday who gathered there to pursue knowledge.

Hamdollah Mostofi wrote in his book Noz’hat ol-Qoloub that the complex included a school, a hospital, a library, monastery, weaving factory, paper mill, bath house, 1500 shops, 30,000 houses, flour mills, gardens and a tomb for Khajeh.

Once he died, his enemies ransacked the complex and reduced it to rubble. In its place now only a hill and remains of a tower can be seen.



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