The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The one-minute documentary on the Bistun Historical Complex and Inscription was recently submitted to UNESCO as part of its application for inclusion on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list, the Persian service of CHN reported on Thursday.
Project director Maliheh Mehdiabadi said that UNESCO had previously asked for
the documentary of the complex to facilitate international media efforts to
promote the world’s cultural heritage.
Hormoz Emami’s film focuses first on the Bistun Inscription and then provides
a beautiful landscape of the complex, she added.
has also made documentaries about Yazd, Persepolis, and the Marvdasht plain.
has launched a project calling for the production of one-minute documentaries on
world historical sites, and all countries which have submitted dossiers of their
historical sites to UNESCO must prepare such documentaries.
previously submitted documentaries on the Soltanieh Dome in Zanjan Province and
Persepolis in Fars Province.
petrochemical factory being built by Islamic regime in the area, highway
construction, and other construction underway near the site are the main threats
which could cause Bistun to lose its chance to be registered on the UNESCO World
after several meetings with Kermanshah provincial officials, the Research Center
of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) has assured UNESCO that
no construction will be authorized near the site.
30 kilometers east of the provincial capital city of Kermanshah, Bistun contains
a number of unique ancient sites from the Median, Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanid
Bistun Inscription, probably the most important monument of the site, is a
trilingual statement of Darius the Great in Aryan also known as Old Persian,
Elamite, and Babylonian.
inscription, which is approximately 15 meters in height and 25 meters in width,
is located on a relatively inaccessible cliff 100 meters above an ancient road
connecting the capitals of Babylonia and Media, Babylon and Ecbatana. However,
it can be easily viewed from below.
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