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Defences of Ancient Rey Restored


News Category: Pre-Islamic & Islamic Periods

 01 November 2004



Archeological studies on the defence structure of Ancient Rey, the old watch tower and fortress were conducted to provide the young generation with information about the history of Rey, south of Tehran.

Fars news agency said that the second stage of restoring the historical defensive buildings in Rey was also worked out.

Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) official in charge of rebuilding the defensive site of the ancient city, Omid Ali Sadeqi said that a proposal has been made to reconstruct Surena Spring (also known as Cheshme Ali) whose diameter from east to west is 453 meters.

Sadeqi said that 40 meters of the defence walls have been repaired in the vicinity of the historical spring of Surena or Cheshme Ali.

He said that the defence site at Rey will be open to the public after reconstruction works are completed.

The official hoped that necessary fund will be available for acquisition of the buildings surrounding the defence site and establishing traditional coffee shop, inn and shops for selling handicrafts.

He said that Rey is reminiscent of the Achaemenid, Parthian, Sasanid as well as the Islamic era. Agha-Mohammad Khan Qajar selected Tehran as his capital and Rey is currently part of Greater Tehran.


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