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of the Paradise of Pasargadae to be Restored
26 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Parse- Pasargadae Research Center is
determined to remove the layer of asphalt laid over an ancient road leading to
the Pasargadae historical site in order to restore the original irrigation channels of
its' ancient Gardens this historical site and to connect them together to
revive their original pattern.
"We succeeded in discovery of different parts of Pasargadae irrigation
channels so far which, to some extent, helped us find out how these channels
directed water to Cyrus the Great’ Palace. While working on the path of these
channels, we noticed that the asphalt road which leads to Pasargadae and is used
for transporting tourists to this historical site is constructed over some parts
of the irrigation channels, which is why we decided to remove the asphalt
surface to be able to restore and revive the original path of the these
canals," said Mohammad Hassan Talebian, head of Parse-Pasargadae Research
The irrigation channels of Pasargadae were constructed with stone and are
considered one of the ingenious feet of engineering methods invented by the
ancient Iranians to lead water
to their gardens known as Paradise and residential places. At present, the Persepolis restoration
team is engaged with restoring part of the irrigation channels of Pasargadae
that had not been buried under the asphalts.
"By removing the asphalt road of Pasargadae, no vehicle will be permitted
to pass through this road anymore, and the road will be turned to a footpath.
Also a new road will be contracted from a different direction to facilitate the tourists
visiting the Pasargadae historical complex", added Talebian.
According to Talebian, restoring the irrigation channels of Pasargadae will give
the visitors a chance to see the method of irrigation used during the Achaemenid
dynasty (580-330 BCE), during their visit to Pasargadae historical site.
Pasargadae, a UNESCO world heritage site, located in Fars province was the first
dynastic capital of the Achaemenids. Its palaces, gardens, and Tomb of Cyrus the
Great, are outstanding examples of the first phase of imperial Achaemenid art
and architecture and exceptional testimonies of the rich civilization of Iran.
For ancient Iranians, tree-planting was a sacred occupation. Strabo in accounts
reports that "it was part of their [Persian] education: boys received
instruction in this art in the evenings. And so it came about that this
reverence was seated deep in the souls of even the lowest stratum of the people,
the common soldiers."
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