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Registered in UNESCO' World Heritage List
14 July 2006
(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
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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