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Islamic Regime's Ministry of Energy Promised 3b Rls Towards Completion of Pasargadae Museum


News Category: Culture

 04 January 2006



The Islamic regime's Ministry of Energy has announced that it will extend three billion rials for completion of Pasargadae Museum.

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 needed.

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 site.

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.


The 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. 


The architect was Hossein Amanat who also designed Shahyad-e Aryamehr Towerr (nowadays Azadi), the Cultural Heritage Organisation and San'ati-e Aryamehr (Sharif Industrial) University buildings. 

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.


However, 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. 






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