is the only Ilkhanid era monument bearing an inscription. The monument is
a large complex containing a town, a citadel, a tower, a rampart, and
fortifications surrounded by a moat,” Mohammad Abdollahzadeh Sani added.
the Sabzevar Cultural Heritage and Tourism Office is preparing a dossier
for registration of the monument on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, new
construction projects have damaged some parts of the complex and will harm
Aq-Qaleh’s bid for international recognition as part of the world’s
cultural heritage, Sani lamented.
city’s cultural heritage office recently filed a lawsuit against the
municipality to force it to stop the construction projects.
team of Iranian cultural heritage experts is currently using historical
documents to restore the monument, which is located in Khorasan Razavi
Province, northwest of the city of Sabzevar.
Sabzevar Municipality has filled the moat of the complex, but experts will
excavate it after the construction projects are halted, Abdollahzadeh
mosque, which bears the inscription, is carefully protected, but the
mosque is in urgent need of excavation,” Sabzevar cultural heritage
official Siavash Saberi said.
historians believe Aq-Qaleh was built at the same time as Soltanieh in
Zanjan Province, but the theory can only be proven after excavations and
geophysical operations are conducted, Saberi added.
believe that Aq-Qaleh was as magnificent as Soltanieh, which was
registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 15, 2005.