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Lack of Funds Delay Pasargadae Museum


Friday, 05 February 2005



Construction 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 1979 Revolution.

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 completed.

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.




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