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megaliths of the mausoleum have been dislocated over time, and the restoration
project aims to put them in their proper positions in order to prevent water
from seeping into the monument.
of the damage to the mausoleum were carried out last year, and the experts
prepared a plan, which is currently being implemented,” Parseh and Pasargadae
Research Foundation director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian said.
archaeologist Ali) Sami had restored the mausoleum with cement before the 1979 revolution.
Since stone discharges cement after a time, gaps emerge among the stones,
allowing rainfall to leak into the mausoleum. But the new plan will resolve
the problem forever,” he added.
year, we intend to focus on the restoration of the mausoleum of Cyrus and the
Pasargadae complex, so this year is the year of Pasargadae,” Talebian noted.
restoration work began with the ceiling and over ten experts will be working on
this section by the end of the year. So far, three megaliths, each weighing more
than two tons, have been fixed.
megaliths are being relocated according to the locations of the metal braces,”
restoration team director Hassan Rahsaz explained, referring to the braces used
in the construction of the mausoleum.
mausoleum of Cyrus the Great is located at the Pasargadae complex, which was
added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July 2004.
19 kilometres away from Pasargadae, the Sivand Dam is scheduled by the Islamic
regime to come on stream in late August, flooding some very significant ancient
sites located in the Bolaghi Valley.
believe that the reservoir of the dam will raise humidity, and thus even the
Pasargadae complex will also be at risk.
was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, northeast of
Persepolis. Cyrus II the Great (reigned 559–c. 529 BCE) chose the site because
it lay near the scene of his victory over his grandfather Astyages, the last
king of the Median dynasty in 550 BCE.
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