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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Tomb of Cyrus the Great Will Be Restored

 

News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 17 September 2004

 

 

Reconstruction work on the tomb/shrine of the ancient Persian King of Kings Cyrus the Great will commence once relevant plans are completed, reported ISNA.


Director of Pasargad Cultural Heritage Mohammad Hassan Talebian said parts of the destroyed concrete around the tombstone will be removed and replaced with better quality material.


The ceiling of the tomb will also be repaired and studies have been conducted to eliminate the fungus growing on the stones.


A temporary awning will be set up during repair operations of the rooftop to prevent seeping of rainwater into the centuries-old tomb structure.
The official did not give a precise date when the repairs would begin and said funds for the operations have still not been realized.


Pasargad, one of Iran's most prestigious tourist attractions is located 70 km north of Persepolis, Fars province and 3 km off the Shiraz-Abadeh road.


Cyrus the Great established the second Iranian dynasty, the Achaemenid, after defeating his grandfather the last Median dynasty emperor and ordered a new capital for his empire. The dynasty ruled Iran between 559 and 330 BC.


Pasargad resembles a huge complex with several private palaces, special audience palaces, guards' fortress, the tomb and several other buildings.
The shrine-tomb of Cyrus the Great is situated at the entrance of Pasargad complex within a rectangular gable-roof room built on six pyramid steps.


The tomb is 11-meter high and there are two graves under the roof belonging to the king and the queen. The impressive stone cenotaph was originally much taller than it is now and is still the best preserved of the Pasargad ruins, Legend has it that when Alexander the Great arrived in Pasargad, he was greatly distressed by the destruction of the tomb and ordered its restoration.


Pasargad was registered as a national cultural heritage by UNESCO at the 28th meeting of the International Committee of the Cultural Heritage last year.

 

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