(CAIS) -- Some parts of the staircase of the “Holy
Area” of Pasargadae, which was destroyed by illegal
diggers in search of for an unknown treasure, have been
restored. However, the reconstruction of the staircase has
not been completed yet, English Service of CHN reported
today, Tuesday January 31st.
“Although the destruction in some parts of the staircase
is so dramatic that actually nothing has been remained
from the original stones, during the first phase of
restoration we were able to find parts which were remained
nearly intact and amend them back to the staircase,”
said Hassan Rahsaz, a stone restoration expert in
“To stick the discovered parts to the staircase and to
strengthen them we used resins. However, after these
fragments are put back to their places we must make sure
that they are securely stuck to the rest of the
staircase,” explained Rahsaz about the restoration of
The damage to some parts was so great that some stones
were turned into tiny fragments impossible to be restored.
However, to maintain the ancient texture of this
staircase, the restoration experts will not replace them
with new pieces of stones.
“Whenever employing new stones is necessary in order to
preserve a monument, we will do it. While the staircase of
the Holy Area is strong enough to survive, according to
the restoration rules, we see no need to reconstruct the
staircase using new pieces of stones,” explained Rahsaz.
Pasargadae is one of the most important historical sites
of Iran, located in Fars province. This marvelous monument
was constructed by the order of Cyrus the Great, the
founder of Achaemenid dynasty, and has been registered in
UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites. This historical
site is as important as the Persepolis and Cyrus tomb and
castles in Pasargadae, and the destruction of the
staircase can be compared to the loss of one of the
pillars of Persepolis.
Staircases of the “Holy Area” of the historical site
of Pasargadae lead to some raised platforms which seem to
be a place of worship. This is the reason the area is
being regarded as a holy area. The history of the holy
area goes back to the Achaemenid period.
The “Holy Area” is not located in the vicinity of
Pasargadae Complex; thus there were no security systems in
the area to protect it from illegal diggers and smugglers.
However, after this tragedy, the historical site of “Holy
Area” is now being protected by the police.