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Rey Edifice Undergoing Restoration


News Category: Cultural

 10 September 2004



The second phase of the project to repair another section of the ancient Rey fortification Cheshmeh Ali also known as Cheshmeh Surena is currently underway following the completion of the first stage in 2002.

According to a press release by Iran–s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Omid Ali Sadeqi who is in charge of the project said other 40 meters of its wall will be constructed in this round of repair works.

In 2002, some 98 meters of the 435-meter fortification, which is nine meters high, underwent repair and restoration, announced the organization–s Communications and Publicity Directorate General.

A very few remnants of Rey City, which rivals Babylon and Nineveh in terms of antiquity, have survived. It is also considered to be one of the significant cities of the Medes era. The city also thrived in the early years of Islam.

Rey, which has a history of 6,000 years ago according the various scientific data conducted on potteries unearthed from a mound near Cheshmeh Ali (Ali Spring), was a major city of Iran during the Median, Achaemenid, Arsacid, Sassanid dynastic eras as well as Islamic period.

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