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Ancient Bam Citadel Remains on UNESCO Endangered List


15 July 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, at its 30th annual session (July 8-16) in Lithuanian capital Vilnius, underscored that Bam Citadel has to remain on the list of the World Heritage in Danger.

As reported by Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, the decision on the world’s largest adobe structure was taken by members of the committee on July 10.

The committee also urged the country's cultural body  to boosts its cooperation with International Council on Monuments and Sites to set and define criteria for preserving this unique site. The country has to deliver its report on the issue by Feb. 1, 2007.

The ancient site in southeastern Kerman province was reduced to rubble as a result of an earthquake which struck Bam and regional areas in December 2003. Over 80 percent of the 2000-year-old monument was leveled to ground by the quake.

The Bam Citadel was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the 28th session of the committee in China which happened shortly after the earthquake. It was registered on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2004.

Talking on the issue to ISNA Persian Service, manager of Bam Cultural Heritage Base explained that the committee had assessed the condition of the ancient site during the past year to decide whether or not it had to remain on the list longer.

“Iran believed that Bam Citadel does not have to be excluded from the record,“ he explained.
Eskandar Mokhtari is of the opinion that the measure would help salvage the ancient earthen citadel.

In related news, the official told ILNA Persian Service that a team from Italy’s Cultural Heritage Ministry is due in the country to set forth a proposal on restoration of the citadel’s number one tower.

The Italian delegation is expected to arrive on July 19 to hold a meeting with the Strategic Committee to Salvage Bam Cultural Heritage attended by the head of ICHTO’s Research Center.
The proposed scheme is about the revival of one of 24 towers of Bam







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