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3D-Plan of the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, & Solomon Prison in Pasargadae Completed


23 June 2006




pasargadae_suleyman.jpg (35276 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Parse-Pasargadae Research Centre succeeded in providing the accurate 3D plan of the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great and the Solomon Prison in Pasargadae. This project was done in conjunction with Iran’s Astronomy Community and a team consisted of archaeologists and Iranian and international experts.


Islamic Regime has recently ordered the change of the name of historical "Solomon Prison" to "Cyrus's Prison and Cyrus's Jail".

“Concurrent with the Cultural Landscape Seminar which was held in Persepolis from 20th of May to 2nd of June 2006, a special meeting was organized by Ali Mousavi of the University of Berkeley in California and some Iranian and international archaeologists who had previously worked and studied on Pasargadae and Persepolis historical sites such as David Stronach and Dietrich Huff, during which they discussed the condition of the Solomon Prison and mausoleum of Cyrus the Great and presented a map and 3D plan of these two ancient monuments,” said Shahriar Adl, archaeologists and UNESCO’s counsellor in Iran.

According to Adl, the Solomon Prison is something similar to the Kabeh of Zoroaster’s in Naqsh-e Rostam historical site. Only one wall from one side of this structure has remained and the three others have been destroyed over time. This monument was on the verge of collapse; therefore since 1970s scaffolds were set behind the only remained wall to prevent collapsing of this wall although the metal supports have somehow vulgarized the landscape of this monument, but it was the only way to save the remaining of structure in shortest time.

“In order to strengthen and restore this historical Solomon Prison, the remained stones should be detached and after strengthening them, we would stick them back together. Of course, this process many cause some harms to the monument. Therefore, to reduce the possible damages to the Solomon Prison as much as possible, the map and hologram of this monument and the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great were provided with the support of Iran’s Astronomy Community. This will not only help us in protecting these two unique historical monuments forever, it will also keep a record of the original shape of these two monuments before their restoration so that the next generations would have a chance to see how the monument looked like before restoration process began,” added Adl.

Hologram is a laser photograph which makes a picture or image look life-like. The 3D plan of the monument has been provided with maximum precision and delicacy and will give archaeologists a chance to observe all the details of this monument with computer.

Pasargadae historical site, which is registered in the List of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in Fars province, the homeland of the Persians in the 6th century BCE.





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