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Ancient Salasel Fort Threatened by the Islamic Republic's Organisations


27 December 2006




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. 

Announcing 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 organisations.”    


According 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 fortress. 


Considering 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.


He further announced that the SCHTO is determined to provide cultural/tourism facilities in the fortress and change it into a tourism destination in Khuzestan province.


Salāsel 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).

Salasel 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.  




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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