the construction of a reservoir dam in Ramhormuz,
Khuzestan province, the historical dam of ’Jareh’ has
come under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Energy,
Announcing this, director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department in Ramhormoz, Fardin Bigdeli said that the
historical Jareh Dam is located 35 km northwest of
Ramhormoz in a narrow valley over Zard (yellow) River.
The dam was built during the Sasanid dynastic era (224-651
when architects had advanced knowledge about constructing
the infrastructure for supplying water for irrigation and
The canals which led to the historical dam used to provide
water to farmlands in the area.
The height of the dam is 19 meters while its crest is 80
meters high and its width is tapered from 10 meters to
three meters from the base upward.
unique location of the dam is one of its advantages. In
fact, climatic and geographic conditions has kept the dam
operational despite its 1,600-year history,“ added
He told ISNA Persian Service that the Ministry of Energy has modeled the
new dam on the basis of the historical dam of Jareh.
The official expressed concern about the future of the Sasanid
dam and said that construction of the new dam at
the same area has posed a threat to the maintenance of
Jareh dam which was registered with Iran’s Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) as a cultural
“Unfortunately, the ancient dam will be submerged once
the newly-built dam is filled with water and in several
years from now, you will need submersible devices to see
the Sasanid dam,“ he said.
living in the area have called for salvaging the ancient
dam and possible measures to be adopted by Ministry of
Energy to prevent the submersion of the Sasanid dam which
served to irrigate their farmlands for the past 1,600
Bigdeli criticized the Ministry of Energy for preventing
experts of ICHTO from taking photos, films and slides from
the ancient dam.
“ICHTO is ready to do what it can to salvage the Sasanid
dam,“ he said.