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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Shushtar (SCHTO) is trying to get legal support for freeing the Salāsel Fortress which has for years been changed into a storage area for keeping goods by different organisations including the Grain and Sugar Organisation, Drug Control Headquarter, and Khomeini Relief Fund.
this news Mohammad Hossein Arastuzadeh, director of the SCHTO explained: “For
many years this Sasanian Fortress did not have any legal custodian and therefore
it was not well preserved. During these years, some parts of this fort including
its Safavid section were changed into storage areas by different
to Arastuzadeh, the activities of these organisations, especially some
restoration works done without consulting experts in renovation of ancient
monuments, have greatly altered the historic architectural style of this
that Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has recently been
granted the ownership of this Sasanian fort, Arastuzadeh believes that the legal
department of the Organization has to take charge for protecting the fortress
and preventing further damages. “We have also asked the support of the
Shushtar Governor Office and the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department,” added Arastoozadeh.
further announced that the SCHTO is determined to provide cultural/tourism
facilities in the fortress and change it into a tourism destination in Khuzestan
Fortress is located on a hill overlooking Shatit River in the city of Shushtar.
In pre-Islamic times water from the river passed beneath the fortress and was
redirected into different parts of the city. The fortress was in use until the
Qajar period (1787-1921) as a centre for managing the water of the river. The exact
date of the Fortress is unknown but possible was built during the Parthian (248
BCE-224 CE) or the Sasanian dynastic (224-651 CE) eras in the southwestern
province of Khuzestan. Some experts date the foundation of the fortress to
Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BCE).
Fortress has largely been devastated due to several conflicts that occurred in
the region as well as natural disasters such as flood and earthquake. Yet it
remains a precious source of information for archaeologists who have thus far
found numerous historic evidences in this ancient fortress.
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