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Fortress to Try its Chance as a UNESCO' World Heritage Site
22 August 2006
(CAIS) -- Experts of the Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Department of Hormozgan province are preparing the
file of Lashtan (Lštān
) fortress to submit it to UNESCO to be inscribed
in its list of World Heritage sites. This ancient fortress
which is believed to belong to the Achaemenid dynastic era
(550-330 BC) and Sassanid dynastic era (224-651 CE) has
not still registered in list of Iran’s National
Lashtan fortress is located 6 kilometers east of Lengeh
port and northwest of the ancient city of Kang in Hormozgan
province, southern Iran. It was build in an area of 3000
sq.m. on top of a mountain 100 meter above the ground level.
different opinions about the date of the construction and
settlement in this fortress. Some believe that the
construction of the fortress dates back to some 523 years
ago when Persian Gulf was under Portuguese occupation.
While archeologists believe that this fortress must have
constructed during the Achaemenid era and dating back to
more than 2500 years ago. Currently only some ruins have
remained from this fortress.
“We are preparing the file of Lashtan fortress.
Meanwhile, the file of Portuguese fortress in Hormoz is
being prepared as well. However, since the architectural
style of Lashtan fortress is quite Iranian, and no foreign
architectural style has been applied in it, Lashtan
fortress is in priority for us to be inscribed in list of
UNESCO’s World Heritage sites,” said Abbas Noruzi,
expert of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of
According to Noruzi, the file for registering Lashtan
historical fortress will be prepared for national and
world registration simultaneously.
The existence of so many evidence including the remains of
a cemetery, more than 300 water reservoirs, and
residential houses, all indicate the existence of a large
community in this city fortress which was surrounded by
fortifications with towers, the remains of which can still
be seen in the area.
There are not much information about the exact date of
this fortress and its inhabitants and more archeological
excavations are needed to find out the trend of
urbanization in this historical site.
Expecting that Lashtan fortress might have constructed
during the Portuguese invasion, a group of Portuguese
experts came to Lengeh port two years ago to undertake
some studies on this historical fortress. However, after
visiting it they have ascertained that this fortress
predates Portuguese occupation of Hormozgan.
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