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Cyrus the Great' Palace in Borazjan Under Threat of Obliteration


01 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- While Cyrus the Great palace at Charkhab is desperately in need of financial support to be saved from obliteration, the Islamic regime, spends millions of dollars of Iranian-wealth in reconstruction of non-Iranian monuments in Iraq and other Arab states.

In an interview with ISNA Persian Service, designer of the Pardis-e Kurosh (Paradise of Cyrus), Amir Mansouri, warned that the pedestals and columns of Cyrus the Great (d. 529 BCE) palace near Borazjan, Bushehr province, have been left without protection at the mercy of looters and harsh weather.

“Remnants of Cyrus the Great Palace such as columns, pedestals, cobblestones, walls and a sundry of other objects found during archeological excavations have been left without protection, with the result that a number of them have already been stolen,“ the expert criticized.

Referring to Borazjan’s torrential rainfalls, Mansouri went on, “The historical site has been filled with floodwater several times in the past. Since the palace is located at a lower level compared to its surrounding areas, it is easily submerged.“

Turning to Cyrus' Paradise project which was brought to a standstill, Mansouri expanded that implementation of the project had been endorsed and the credits allocated.

“However, the project is dead in the water due to the official apathy and ignorance of the value of the ancient site.“

He added that Bushehr Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department is in charge of implementing the project.

The expert elaborated that the project would help preserve Cyrus the Great Palace against environmental phenomena such as flooding, wind and sun.

“Unless the scheme is executed, environmental phenomena will inflict further damages on the palace, not to mention the threats posed by making the site accessible.“

Mansouri had earlier stated that Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization with the cooperation of Nazar Research Center had designed a park surrounding the Cyrus the Great' Palace in an effort to revive the Achaemenid architecture style.

“The park will duplicate the Pasargadae garden design, which is unique in Iranian gardens,“ he mentioned.







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