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Foundation Demands Changes to
Naqsh-e Rostam Railroad Map
04 December 2006
map of Railway in relation to Naqsh-e Rostam and Persepolis (Click to
(CAIS) -- Parseh-Pasargadae Research Foundation has proposed a new route
that would increase the distance of the railroad to be constructed in the
region, from the historically significant site Naqsh-e Rostam in Fars province.
An archeologist, Afshin Yazdani, explained that the route selected by railroad
officials would pass at a distance of 350 meters from the historic site.
“A major concern is that the tremblers caused by train movements, measuring up
to two on the Richter scale, would inflict serious damages to the monuments and
especially on the Kaaba of Zoroaster, which will be destroyed less than ten
years. Also the railroad would spoils the view of the ancient landscape and
places Persepolis in UNESCO' danger list.“ he warned.
As reported by Iran Daily, Yazdani pointed to the foundation’s
proposed route and added, “As can be seen in the map, it is possible to
reroute the railroad from three kilometers ahead of Naqsh-e Rostam to the
northeast direction. The railroad will be back on its track in the vicinity of
This would prolong the distance of trains from the site to a safer 900 meters,
by changing the route along five kilometers, he mentioned.
Yazdani said the current railroad map crosses the immediate precincts of the
historic Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) site, “whereas the law strictly
prohibits any activities, even tree-planting, within archeological
The foundation’s proposed route bypasses two villages and is even several
hundred meters shorter than the one approved by railway officials, he asserted.
2500 years we Iranians are still cursing Alexander for his savagery, looting the
country and burning down the Persepolis - and today in our lifetime we permit
this crime to be repeated once again, but this time in the hands of a regime that claims
to be Iranian", said an Iranian
archaeologist with Fars archaeology service who wished to remain
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