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Lashtan Fortress to Try its Chance as a UNESCO' World Heritage Site


22 August 2006




LONDON, (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 Heritage.

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. There are 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 Hormozgan province.

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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