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4 Heritage Sites to Become Theft, Fire-Proof


07 October 2004



Iranian cultural heritage authorities plan to equip four heritage sites including a museum and a national archives with theft and fire alarming systems.

The project to safeguard Iranian Islamic Period Museum, historical sites of Chehel-Sotoun and Ali-Qapu, Herandi Garden and the archives of Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) would be open for tender bids coming November, said Mohammad Ali Nezhad, an advisor to CHTO.

House to priceless hand-written Qurans, the Islamic Period Museum consists of two buildings. The first one features the entire pre-Islamic remaining works while the second one showcases post-Islamic works. This part was inaugurated at 1996 and consists of 3 floors. The first floor is the meeting and temporary exhibition hall. Works and objects of Islamic culture, Islam art in relation to objective and periodic method are displayed in the second and third floors. The museum would be equipped with alarm systems and CCTV cameras.

Chehel-Sotoun (Forty Columns) Palace was built during the reign of the Safavid Shah Abbas the Great, who in 1598 chose Isfahan as the center of his government. He redesigned the city and endowed it with many exquisite buildings, including mosques, palaces and pavilions. The mansion is a striking example of Safavid king's court. It is, in fact, a magnificent pavilion, built in the middle of a garden covering 67,000 Sq. m, as the far end of long rectangle shaped pool.

The palace is actually buttressed by 20 tall wooden columns. Each of the columns is made of a tree trunk in the front porch. These columns are reflected in the still water of the pool in front of the building and they altogether display 40 columns. This is why this pavilion is called Chehel-Sotoun Palace, but since it features no precious artifacts, its safeguarding plans just include the installation of early fire prevention systems.



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