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Sasanian Fire-Temple (Chahār-Tāqiī - a term
referring to the form of the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian fire
temples; a domed square with an opening on each side and
no doors) along the
Shiraz-Esfahan Highway, unnecessarily flattened by the Islamic
Regimes’ Ministry of Road and Transport in the name of
to the report by ICHTO, the Rokn-Ābād Charahr-Taqi was located near the Bidō
stream of Akbar-Ābād village, 10 km from Shiraz. The historical monument
registered on the Heritage List in November 2004 (Reg. 10499).
The pre-Islamic Fire-Temple was 30 meters away from the highway and was no
obstacle to roadwork, but the ministry ordered to destroy it with no reason.
The monument was constructed out of ashlar and gypsum and mixture of Sārōj (plaster of lime and ashes or sand), with 1.0 meter thick pillars and opening of 1.5 meter at each side.
"At the moment we are waiting for a response from the Provincial Department of Road and Transport, regarding the destruction of the site", announced the head of "Unit of Guardians of Cultural Heritage".
According to locals employed by the Ministry, for road contraction, a large amount of Zīr khākī (a term in Persian, transliterate as "under earth", and is referred to archaeological artifacts discovered during any excavation in Iran) have been discovered which were taken away by the Ministry' authorities.
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