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Harsh Weather & Authority's Carelessness Threaten Parthian Fortress

 

18 June 2006

 

 

 

kuhKwajeAerialPhoto.jpg (137653 bytes)LONDON, (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 meters.

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 year.


He said that strong winds are threatening the eastern walls of the fortress which are on the verge of collapse.


The 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 collapse.


 

 

 

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