of Rah-e Shahi passes through Bolaghi Valley
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-- Following the decision to reduce the level of
water in the flooding of Sivand dam, Imperial Road,
which is one of the unique structures remaining of
the Achaemenid era in Bolaghi Gorge will be saved
from being drowned.
The Road is a mystery to archaeologists; while
Iranians believe that it was part of the hunting
grounds of the Achaemenid kings, the French
believe it should have been the location of
“Imperial Road is located in Bolaghi Gorge in
Dokhtar Bar area. With the lowering of the
flooding of the dam, Dakhtar Bar area will not
drown, therefore, the Imperial Road will be saved
as well,” says Ali Asadi, an Iranian
archeologist working on the site.
“Imperial Road is one of the chef d’oeuvres of
the Achaemenid era, the construction of which
remained a mystery with the collapse of the
Achaemenid dynasty. This road was constructed with
a straight cut from the mountain and the pavement
of the foothill; it is really marvelous,” added
According to Asadi, Imperial Road historical site
is as valuable as Pasargadae and Persepolis, and
if it was going to be drowned, they would have
never let the dam being flooded.
The Imperial Road was built 2500 years ago by
order of Darius the Great, the Achaemenid king,
which connected Pasargadae to Persepolis and Susa.
With the flooding of Sivand Dam, scheduled for
February the first 2006, some flagstone parts of
the Imperial Road will be inundated but the main
part of it will rest safe and sound.
Archaeological excavations on Imperial Road have
been carried out by a joint team of Iranian and
French archaeologists, leading to important
discoveries in this respect.
“During the Safavid period, by order of Shah
Abbas the Great, a group was appointed to expand
the Imperial Road but since the technique for
construction of the road was forgotten, they
couldn’t cut the mountain straight out, only
leading to the destruction of some part of the
road,” explained Asadi.
Following the news of Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Gorge,
Fars province, being watered in the near future, a
false rumor spread around the world of Pasargadae
site being in serious danger of being drowned and
destructed. Today, experts believe that the only
threat of the dam to Pasargadae is changes in
humidity level, which is planned to be controlled
by determining a justified water level for the