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Bistun Registered in UNESCO' World Heritage List


14 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- After months of waiting, Iranian cultural heritage authorities succeeded in registering another historical site in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. By inscribing Bistun historical site, the number of Iranian historical sites registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites reached to eight.

The other seven Iranian sites which had previously been inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites include Persepolis and Pasargadae in Fars province, Tchogha Zanbil in Khuzestan province, Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan, Takht-e Soleiman in West Azarbaijan province, Soltanieh Dome in Zanjan province, and Bam Citadel and its cultural landscape in Kerman province. The decision to inscribe Bistun as the eighth Iranian cultural heritage site in UNESCO’s List was announced today by the World Heritage Committee in its 30th session which is currently being held in Lithuania.

“Including Bistun in the list of World Heritage Sites will provide this historical site an opportunity to use more international facilities and protection” said Maliheh Mehdi Abadi, head of Bistun project.

The file which had been submitted to UNESCO about Bistun historical site and also the potential characteristics and historical attractions of the area were strong enough to convince the UNESCO Committee register this historical site. So the members of the Committee unanimously announced their agreement with inscribing Bistun as a World Heritage Site in today’s summit without much debate.

Bistun historical site, located 30 kilometers northeast of Kermanshah, consisting of numerous valuable historical remains such as the Median dynasty Temple, Darius the Great’ relief and frieze, post-Achaemenid statue of Hercules, and the Sasanid monument of Bistun. It is considered one of the most unique historical sites of Iran. The most important features of the Bistun complex are the Darius the Great' inscription which marks the birth of the ancient Persian alphabet.





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