The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has discovered ruins of the ceremonial hall of the Sasanid dynastic era Khosrow Palace near the city of Qasr-e Shirin in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
hall was constructed of cobblestone and gypsum and measures 12.5x26 meters.
indicate that the hall had a large arch built of bricks of various sizes
overhead,” team director Yusef Moradi said.
hall is surrounded by a number of porticos with stone and brick columns, and the
team recently discovered frescos on the columns, he added.
an area of 75,000 square meters, the palace was built by the Sasanid king of
kings Khosrow II Parviz, for his wife Shirin. Some Iranian and Islamic
geographers and historians of the early Post-Sasanid era called the palace one
of the wonders of the world.
studies are underway to determine the original appearance of Khosrow Palace.
region was excavated by French archaeologist and prehistorian Jacques de Morgan
in the late nineteenth century, British archaeologist, writer and government
official, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) in 1910 and 1911, and then
by Oscar Reuter. Each one prepared architectural plans of the Khosrow Palace,
but the Iranian team believes that none of the plans are reliable.
archaeological team working at the site recently discovered a wall surrounding
the palace about 40 kilometres in length, which they believe was used as a
defensive device for the palace.
said last February that the team is also searching for traces of Byzantine ruler
Heraclius (r. 610-641) at the palace.
II (reigned 590-628) began a long war against the Byzantium in 602 and by 619
had conquered almost all southwestern Asia Minor, Levant and Egypt.
expansion was prevented by the Byzantine ruler Heraclius, who between 622 and
627 drove the Iranians back within their original borders. Many experts believe
that the Khosrow Palace had been sacked and pillaged by Heraclius.
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