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.CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRAN©

 

Sasanian Bridge in Karaj Facing Destruction

 

27 February 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The historical bridge of Karaj, which is the oldest historical monument in the region, is on the verge of destruction.

The Persian daily Hamshahri noted that in its present form the old bridge does not reveal its antiquity.
Based on documents, the bridge was built during the Sasanid dynastic era. No monument in the region matches the bridge in antiquity but its main arch is on the verge of collapse.

Urgent actions are needed to ward off the threat by diverting the flow of the river to enable detailed studies on the structure and the pillars of the bridge.


Unfortunately, Karaj Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department has not managed to obtain sufficient funds for even the operations to remove the risk of collapse.

 

While these Iranian monuments are in verge of complete destruction due to lack of funds, on February 25, ICHTO (Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization) has announced its readiness to provide funds for the renovation of Iraqi monuments.

 

 


 

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