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Museum to Be Opened in Dež-Bār
02 June 2006
(CAIS) -- An archaeology museum will be opened by the
end of spring in Dež-Bār (Falak-ol
Aflak) fortress in Khoramabad, Lorestan province.
"The interior design and setting the articles of the museum have already
completed, and now we are preparing the museum for public visit," said
Cheraghi, manager of Dež-Bar museum site.
The project of establishing an archaeology museum in Dež-Bar historical
fortress has been started since two years ago. In this project, three halls of
the fortress have been allocated for the museum, where the articles which have
been unearthed during archaeological excavations in Lorestan province will be
"This museum consists of some historical relics belonging to the old
Elamite era which were discovered during the archaeological excavations in
Lorestan province," added Cheraghi.
According to Cheraghi, the valuable bronze relics including swords, daggers, and
some dishes which were discovered during the archaeological excavations in
Lorestan province are the most prominent articles which will be displayed in
this museum as symbols of Lorestan archaeology.
Archaeology museum of Dež-Bar fortress is the second museum which will be
established in this historical monument.
Dež-Bar is a famous historical fortress inside Khoramabad, capital of Lorestan
province, situated on the top of a large hill. Dež-Bar, means the ninth sky, is
one of the most impressive fortresses of Iran. This gigantic structure was built
during the forth Iranian dynasty, the Sasanids (224-652 CE).
Archaeologists found out that the Sasanid engineers had equipped the Dež-Bar
fortress with a dehumidifier system which is one of the wonders of the ancient
world. It has almost 5300 square meter area, including 8 towers, two quads, and
300 shelters. The tallest wall of this fortress is 23 in height, constructed by
brick, adobe, and plaster. There are big halls on four sides of the yard which
have changed into museums. What is interesting about this fortress is the
existence of hidden escape ways in the southern parts and the underground areas
in the north and east sides of the fortress.
This fortress was used as the Treasury during the 10th century and as
governmental seat during the Safavid and Qajar reigns. However it converted into
a prison during the reign of Reza Shah, the founder of Pahlavi dynasty, and in
1970 this fortress was transferred from the Imperial Army to the Ministry of
Culture and Art of the time and registered as no 883 in the list of Iran's
National Heritage. With establishing an astronomy museum and the bonze relics in
1975, the fortress was turned into a museum.
ICHTO is trying to find a way to inscribe Dež-Bar historical fortress in the
list of UNESCO's World Heritage.
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