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Cultural Heritage Experts to Work on Arch of Ctesiphon?


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Parthian & Sasanian Dynasties

 14 April 2004



Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has requested the Cultural Heritage Organization to send its experts to analyze the condition of the Ctesiphon palace in modern Iraq, which has the largest and highest clay arch in the world and is on the verge of destruction.

The monument, also called Taq-i Kisra, dates back to the time of the Parthian  and Sasanian dynasties and is considered an Iranian artistry well-known throughout the world.

Following the news of the arch being in crumbling conditions, Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO) to send experts to the region to analyze its situation and carry out necessary urgent restorations, explained deputy head of ICHO for preservation Mohammad Hassan Moheb Ali.

He added that the ICHO has announced readiness and would send its representatives as soon as the diplomatic and safety prerequisites are met by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Iraqi custodian of the monument, cracks in the arch of Ctesiphon have increased and it might fall off soon. Archaeologists have even advised the visitors, whose number is very little today, not to stand under the arch.

Taq-i Kisra, 37 meters high, 48 meters deep and 25.50 meters wide, was constructed in the second century B.C. on the eastern side of Tigris River, now 30 kilometers south of the capital city of Baghdad, and was once considered one of the most famous tourist attractions of the world, and was plundered after the invasion of Iran by Arabs in AD 637.



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