beauty of the Bistun historical complex has
inspired ICOMOS experts who recently visited the
site to make a proposal to UNESCO to add Bistun to
its World Natural Heritage list, the director of
the Bistun Project announced on Monday.
Mehdiabadi said that experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (CHTO) had previously submitted the dossier of the site to
UNESCO to register it on the World Heritage List.
experts of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) who
traveled to Iran to study the dossier were also fascinated by it,” she
she expressed concern about the plan to establish the Taq-e Bostan aerial
cable cabin in Kermanshah Province, which may ruin Bistun’s chance of
being registered on the UNESCO world heritage list.
30 kilometers east of the provincial capital city of Kermanshah, Bistun
contains a number of unique ancient sites from the Median, Achaemenid,
Parthian, Seleucid, and Sassanid eras.
Bistun Inscription, probably the most important monument of the site, is a
trilingual statement of Darius I in Old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian.
The inscription, which is approximately 15 meters in height and 25 meters
in width, is located on a relatively inaccessible cliff 100 meters above
an ancient road connecting the capitals of Babylonia and Media, Babylon
and Ecbatana. However, the site can easily be viewed from below.