The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- In a meeting held yesterday between
authorities of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO),
Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Road and Transportation, and Fars Governor
Office regarding railway construction in the vicinity of the historic site of
Naqsh-e Rostam, the Ministry was forced to change the railway path in order to
protect the historical monuments from destruction.
had previously warned that the powerful jolts caused by trains would devastate
the region’s historic monuments, mostly from the Achaemenid dynastic era
(550–330 BCE), should the railway become operational.
in a recent visit to the railway construction site near Naqsh-e Rostam by legal
representatives from Marvadsh judiciary and the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department of Fars province (FCHTO), the Ministry was found guilty for
construction of the railway at such close proximity to the ancient site of Naqsh-e
Rostam without prior coordination with ICHTO.
the said meeting, the current map of the railroad was studied closely and ICHTO
representatives once again stressed the priority of cultural heritage
preservation over development projects. It was also decided to completely stop
all railway construction operations close to Naqsh-e Rostam to give experts a
chance to examine different possible routes for the railroad so that it would be
of no threat to either Naqsh-e Rostam or the Sassanid city of Estakhr.
Experts had previously warned that if the railroad becomes operational, the rumbling of the trains would devastate the unique Achaemenid monuments of Naqsh-e Rostam and would cause Kaaba of Zoroaster to collapse in less than ten years. The project also threatens the Sassanid dynastic era bas-reliefs of Naqsh-e Rostam depicting king Shapur I’s triumph over the Romans.
of the railway is also seen as a real threat to the world heritage site of
Persepolis and could place it in UNESCO’s endangered heritage list.
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