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Converted Kish Ancient Canals to Tourist Resort, will be Operational by 2007


News Category: Cultural

 05 December 2005



’Haft-khan-e Rostam’ (Seven Stages), a story about the ordeals of Rostam, a hero in Master Ferdowsi’s masterpiece epic Shahnameh (the Book of Kings), to establish his character as a typical Iranian who respects the truth and refrains from being contaminated by lies and injustice, will be inscribed on the walls of an ancient underground town being converted in the Persian Gulf resort island of Kish.

According to a CHN Persian Service, aqueducts (kariz/Qanat) which used to provide drinking water from underground sources for more than 2,500 years has now dried up and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) is turning the underground canals into a city which will cover an area of three square kilometers.

Architects said that they would safeguard the historical texture of the canals and would put the site to a variety of applications to make it attractive for tourists.

The underground town will cover an area of 63,000 square meters in future. Restaurants, museums, amphitheatres, conference halls and arts galleries will be built in the historical site.

Haftkhan of Rostam’ will be depicted on sections of the walls of the underground town to help tourists become acquainted with the greatest of Iranian epical-poet book, the Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh and get an insight into the rich Iranian rich culture.

The report further said that both traditional and modern restaurants will be built in the underground town and the handicrafts section will be inaugurated there to display Persian carpets and other crafts for tourists.

In the meantime, a tourist center will be established with several streets and shops to display traditional costumes. Luristani and Kurdistani drummers from western Iran will also perform for the tourists.

Water canals were situated at a depth of 16 meters and the ceiling is eight meters high. Its ceiling is made of shells and corals which are 270 million years old and each of them has a special ID card.

Experts believe that the site will turn into a unique tourist resort thanks to its environment and pearls or corals from the depths of oceans which can be viewed by tourists.

Some believe that the mud from the canals has medical application and several other utility.

An investor in the project to build the underground town, Mansour Haji-Hosseini said that construction works have been underway since 1999 and the project is expected to be completed by 2007.

Haji-Hosseini said that the project has so far shown a physical progress of 70 percent.

He added that tourist boats with seating arrangements for 12 people will operate in the canals of the underground city.




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