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Partho-Sasanid Building’s Arch Collapses

 

11 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav -- As the result of Islamic regime's carelessness towards Iranian cultural heritage, the arch of Partho-Sasanid building named after Shirin and Farhad in Ilam province has collapsed.


The arch originally dating back to the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE), which was modified under the succeeding dynasty, the Sasanids (224-651 CE), is one of the most ancient cultural heritage in the province along with Bahram Chubin bridge, Chubin Mountain passes, and four arches belonging to Sasanid time.


The building has two arches and a gate built with large stones and without mortar.


Stones used in building the arch were taken from the surrounding mountains and have withstood the ravages of time.


Unique skills have been used in fixing the large stones in a way that they have remained intact for several centuries.


One of the arches collapsed and the other was filled with mud during the rainfall of last year, which reveals the negligence of regime's in preserving Iranian cultural heritage.


The building is believed to have been a temple dating back to the Parthian dynastic era. The historical building of Shirin and Farhad is situated at Tange Koushk, 4 km from Chehel Zarei Village on the Ivan-Sumar Road.

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