works on Pasargadae Museum will resume by March once the necessary funds
are made available for the purpose, announced the director of Parse Pasargadae
Research Foundation, Mohammad Hossein Talebian.
Speaking to Persian service of CHN, he said that construction works on
the museum was taken up 30 years ago and was stopped as the result of
Talebian said that Fars province Governor General Office has undertaken
to meet the funds for the completion of the museum while the provincial
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department is to pay the costs of
decorative works and the inauguration of the museum.
He said that the architectural design of the museum will remain
unchanged. The Museum has an underground building modeled upon
Achaemenid palaces and its central section resembles the mausoleum of
Cyrus the Great.
He said that construction works for the museum building which began 30
years was abandoned after 30 percent of the construction works was
In the early 1970s, the construction of a specialised museum designed on
the Achaemenid style of architecture was initiated. The building was
founded near the palace and mausoleum of the founder of the Achaemenid
dynasty and father of Iranian nation, Cyrus the Great. The design
provided by architect Hossein Amanat was approved then. After designing
Shahyad-e Aryamehr Tower, nowadays Azadi, the cultural heritage
organization building and Sharif Industrial University, Amanat
supervised the construction of Pasargadae Museum in 1975.
The museum is an underground building. It has a large central hall with
two symmetrical wings. The upper part of the building also has a big
hall built symmetrically to a larger one.
Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has estimated
the costs of completing the museum at 20 billion rials.