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Iran to Contribute to Kasra Arch’s Renovation


10 June 2004



Iran is going to submit its report on the historical records of Kasra Arch during the first session of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage Renovation Committee and following a visit by its member, will present its assessment on the strength of this ancient site.

“There is not any recent information on the alleged crack in the arch, occurred during the US-led invasion in March 2003, but we will soon visit this historical site and afterwards we will be able to assess the reports in recent months,” said Abdulrasoul Vatandoust, Iranian member of the committee.

He added, “The committee had a meeting last week in Paris, but I failed to attend. In the next session, though, I will submit our own report and insist on visiting Kasra Arch.”

Moreover, another Iranian expert, Mohammad Hassan Mohebali, explained the report highlights the historical values and cultural origins of this monument, compiled after recent media reports indicating a new crack in the arch.

Kasra Arch, built during the Sasanids reign in Persia, has an arc spanning 5.25 m, with 48 m in depth and 37 m in height. It is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Iraq, but according to its guards, just around 100 people visit the monument in a day right now.


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