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Weather & Authority's Carelessness Threaten Parthian Fortress
18 June 2006
(CAIS) -- The mud-brick structure known as Rostam Fortress
(also known as Kohan-Dež
as well as Kâferun or Kârefrân) on Mount Ushidar (Kuh-e Khajeh) is on the verge of collapse, warned the
director of Sistan and Baluchestan province’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department, reported ISNA Persian Service. Considered one of the largest mud
brick structures of the pre-Islamic period, it covers an area of 40,000 square
Mohammadali Ebrahimi said that the area badly needs vegetation to neutralize
the destructive impacts of the strong winds in the area for four months of the
He said that strong winds are threatening the eastern walls of the fortress
which are on the verge of collapse.
oldest and by far the most important structure of the site on its eastern slope,
is the Rostam
fortress on Mountain Ushidar.
The fortress bears unique murals had decorated the walls of the fortress, few of
which have survived. Over the recent years, a complete documentation of the site
was carried out. In addition, partial restoration and fortification of the
castle were conducted on its walls and arches.
Ebrahimi said that experts believe that forestation will be very useful in
shielding the fortress from the gusty squalls and save the edifice from
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