Islamic regime's Ministry of Energy has announced that it
will extend three billion rials for completion of Pasargadae
The Persian daily Etemad said that the cost of setting up
the museum has been estimated
at some six billion rials. Ironically, in February 2005
Mohammad Hossein Talebian, the director of Parse
Pasargadae Research Foundation, announced that for the
completion of the museum a 20 billion rials fund is
Deputy Energy Minister Rasool Zargar claimed that the
ministry had initially undertaken to pay the entire sum
for setting up the museum but
since this was impossible, it decided to contribute half
the amount for the project.
He said that the ministry will also provide accommodation
facilities for 12 Iranian and foreign expert groups
involved in excavations at Parse (Persepolis) historical
Asked whether financial problems are hindering the
completion of Sivand Dam in Fars province, Zargar said
that more than 400 billion rials has been so far been
spent on the project adding that there is no shortage of
funds for the dam.
He said that Pasargadae Museum
will be established by Iran’s Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization to protect the cultural heritage of
the historical site in the vicinity of Sivand Dam.
construction was began in 1975 and stopped as the result
of 1979 Revolution. The museum was designed on
the Achaemenid style and was
founded near the palace and mausoleum of the founder of the Achaemenid
dynasty and father of Iranian nation, Cyrus the Great.
was Hossein Amanat who also designed Shahyad-e Aryamehr
Towerr (nowadays Azadi), the Cultural Heritage
Organisation and San'ati-e Aryamehr (Sharif Industrial) University
The museum designed to be an underground structure in order not to spoil
the Pasargadae historical landscape. It has a large central hall with
two symmetrical wings. The upper part of the building also has a big
hall built symmetrically to a larger one.
providing a fund and honouring this promise by the regime's Ministry of
Energy it remains to be seen, as the
Islamic Regime authorities have a long tradition of breaking promises
and dishonouring words.