Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) plans to have the
water channel structures of Shushtar in Khuzestan province
registered with the UN cultural body UNESCO.
to CHN, the ICHTO has prepared relevant documents to be submitted to
UNESCO for registering Shushtar’s water channels including the
waterfalls and watermills.
Head of the Cultural Heritage Department in Shushtar Mohammad
Hossein Arastou-zadeh said that the water channel infrastructure,
which was inherited from the ancient Persians, is unique in terms of
advanced engineering features and is spread over an area of 36,000
He said, “Research studies base in Shushtar has provided documents
about water channels of Shushtar to be delivered to UNESCO for
registering water engineering of ancient Iran at the global level.
“The infrastructure included 50 watermills and other buildings.
The water passing through the watermills form a confluence which
finally flows as a waterfall.
construction of the infrastructure dated back to Achaemenid and Sasanid
eras. Of course such constructions were also built during the
Safavid and Qajarid eras.
Shushtar infrastructure underwent repairs last year. Archeological
studies which will be conducted at the site once sufficient funds
are earmarked for the current Iranian year (March 2005-2006).