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