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Ancient Bishapur Equipped With Night Lighting


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Sasanian Dynasty

 16 February 2004



Tourists in the ancient Iranian town of Bishapur are soon able to walk around at night, thanks to new lighting system being put in place at the site, once a Sasanid resort.

Head of the Bishapur research site Mosayyeb Amiri said studies into the installation of the lighting system were conducted a few months ago.

“The project is carried out in two phases. The first phase includes lighting of major areas of the town including its towers and ramparts, hall, Anahita temple, the mosaic ivan and ways leading to them. The second phase, scheduled for next Iranian year, includes lighting of other areas in the town,” he noted.

In addition to boosting its tourists share, the project plays an important role in providing added security for the site.

Bishapur was built late in the reign of Shapur I, the second Sasanid king of kings, on his orders. It is considered a prime example of the urban architecture of the time. Since roman engineers and workers held captive in Iran were used to built the city, its structure is different from the mainstream ancient Iranian urban architecture.

Bishapur is located by the Shapur river in the Khuzestan province. Part of the town is protected by setting up fences around it, while there are some security problems at night. The hope is, once in place, the lighting could serve as a deterrence against possible thefts.




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