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.