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Iran and UNESCO to Save the Ctesiphon Arch


05 May 2004





Ctesiphon Arch, or Kisra Arch, is the tallest clay arch of the world constructed in the Sasanid dynasty in Ctesiphon, the then capital of Iran, and is considered an Iranian monument. Today, it is caught in the middle of Iraq’s war and its resulting dire conditions, facing the risk of collapse.

To save the world famous heritage, Iran will announce readiness for its restoration in the next meeting of the International Committee for restoration of Iraq’s cultural heritage which will be held on 24th and 25th of May in Paris.

An official with Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization Vatandust believes that since Kisra Arch is a monument of Iranian origin, ICHO intends to take part in its restoration in cooperation with UNESCO and other international institutes.

Iraq is in possession of lots of cultural heritage monuments, many of which have been damaged during the one-year war and therefore in need of restoration. Iran, due to sharing many cultural features with the country, is ready to cooperate with international bodies to save the invaluable heritage, said Vatandust.

Ctesiphon Arch was constructed in the 4th century during the Sassanid dyanty and was once of the most famous tourist attractions of the world. Today, it suffers large cracks that worry officials and the number of its visitors has declined significantly.



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