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Ganj-Nameh Left Unprotected


02 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Restaurants and entertainment centers constructed in the vicinity of Ganj-Nameh (Ganj-Nāmé) ancient site, have changed the historic atmosphere of this ancient site and endangered the cultural and natural landscape of the area. Adding to these existing problems is a project to construct a cable car in the vicinity of Ganj-Nameh; a fact concerning cultural heritage experts who are pushing to convince the authorities of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) to stop such destructive measures.

Historical site of Ganj-Nameh is a masterpiece in the heart of the mountains where two Achaemenid inscriptions carved on the rocks are located; something Iranians have always felt proud of throughout the history. This ancient site is located in the nearby mountains of the city of Hamadan with a waterfall right next to it, adding to the beauty of the scene. Unfortunately, this archeological site is in danger as this place has changed into an entertaining center, where thousands of people go every day to enjoy themselves, while no protection is sought.

As a visitor, at the first glance, the scenery gives one a binary feeling: admiration and concern. It seems these two unique inscriptions are not protected properly and they are just about falling apart. Construction of a large number of restaurants and other entertaining centers, and above all the project for constructing a cable car near this historical site have not only resulted in lots of damages to the cultural and natural landscape of this historical site, but they also have endangered the future of one of the most unique historical sites of Iran and a symbol of national pride.

Nowadays, the project for launching a cable car in the vicinity of this historical site has became one of the main concerns of cultural heritage experts who have warned about the future of this ancient site.

In order to preserve the historical site of Ganj-Nameh and prevent the expansion of other entertainment projects including launching of a cable car in the area, the experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hamadan province have asked the president of ICHTO to stop such projects and the activities of these restaurants and transfer them to another place.

“In a meeting which was held with the presence of representatives from the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hamadan province and the cable car project administrators in Hamadan, the experts of cultural heritage expressed their concern about the negative consequences of constructing restaurants, parking lots, and sport arenas in the vicinity of Ganj-Nameh historical-natural site and have asked for relocation of these places. However, the final decision should be made by the president of ICHTO,” said Mohammad Rahim Ranjbaran, research deputy of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hamadan province.

Construction of cable cars in the vicinity of Ganj-Nameh historical site was started by the approval of the former president of ICHTO, despite the oppositions by the experts of ICHTO and their warnings about the negative consequences of this action.

While the company who is in charge of performing the project of Ganj-Nameh cable car claims that since the project will be implemented at a distance of 350 meters from the mountain on which the two inscriptions are carved and that the poles of the cable cars are not close to the inscriptions to cause any harm to them, the experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hamadan province argue that the shakes which will be caused by setting these polls will pose serious hazards to the inscriptions and might cause cracks to appear in them.

According to the experts, this project will also put in risk the untamed environment of Ganj-Nameh historical-natural site, although it had already been endangered to some extent by constructing more entertaining centers such as restaurants.

The Achaemenid inscriptions of Ganj-Nameh are located 5 kilometers southwest of Hamadan, the city which was once the capital of the first Iranian dynasty, the Medes (728-550 BCE) before they formed a union with the Persians. They are carved artistically on granite on the side of Alvand Mountain in three ancient languages of Aryan (Old Persian), Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Elamite. One of these inscriptions was ordered by Darius the Great (521-485 BCE) and the other by HIS SON Xerxes (485-465 BCE). However, both start with praising the creator, Ahura Mazda and describe the lineage and deeds of the mentioned king of kings.






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