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Excavation at Sasanid Palace of Khosrow


18 November 2004



Khosrow Castle.jpg (54214 bytes)Operations to excavate Khosrow Palace in Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah province, which dates back to the Sasanid dynasty, will herald a new chapter in compiling archeological data relating to this period.

According to ISNA, excavations will begin in February and probably be conducted concurrently with the exploration of the nearby Chahar-Qapi Temple.

Project manager for Qasr-e Shirin archeological studies, Yousef Moradi said that excavations at Khosrow Palace can be deemed as important from two aspects. "Since the edifice is located on route to the holy shrines, it has the potentiality for being transformed into a tourist hub to generate revenues," he noted.

From the academic perspective, exploration of the palace is important because the archeological community is eagerly seeking information on the Sasanid dynasty and the early Islamic period.

Iranian and Arab historians and geographers believe that Khosrow's Palace, which is located on the outskirts of Qasr-e Shirin and near Chahar-Qapi Temple, was built by the Sasanid ruler Khosrow Parviz in the center of a large garden. Moradi further said that excavation operations at the site will certainly reveal valuable historical, geographical, historical information, which can be used to restructure sections of the architecture from the Sasanid period.

He noted that although some pillars of the monument are visible, the main section of the edifice, which measures 100 m by 180 m, is buried under the earth and is intact. "Of course it is not yet clear that the monument is actually a palace since in the past, every splendid edifice discovered in Iran was called a palace," Moradi noted. Nevertheless, it is an official state monument belonging to early or late Sasanid era, Moradi concluded.




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