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Esfahan’s Achaemenid Quarter to be Revived


22 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Esfahan’s Municipality and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) are planning to undertake a project to renovate the Achaemenid Quarter of Bābol-Dasht, the most ancient district in the city of Esfahan, which has maintained its historic ambiance to a large extent.


History of Babol-Dasht, commonly known as Dardasht, goes back to the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BCE), when Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire, freed the Jews from the captivity of the Babylonian king and brought some of them to the city of Esfahan and settled them in Babol-Dasht district.


“Dardasht district is the most ancient quarter in the city of Esfahan where a large number of historical evidence denoted to the Seljuk era (1037-1187 CE) has still remained. However, the history of this historical quarter dates back to the time of the Achaemenids dynasty when the Jews were brought to this region following the conquest of Cyrus the Great in Babylon. The Renovation Department of Urban Decrepit Textures of Esfahan’s Municipality has started some programs to revive this historic quarter as well as the historic district of Darvāze-Noe (New Entrance),” said Hassan Sadeghpour, supervising engineer of Dardasht district and expert of the Department of Renovation of Urban Decrepit Textures of Esfahan Municipality.  


Several important historical structures are located in Dardasht historic quarter including a Safavid public bath, bazaar, and some passageways, all of which will be restored during this initiative.


Sadeghpour also added that this historic quarter will be renovated in accordance with its ancient plan as indicated by historic documents and said: “We will not start the project until we are certain that the documents based on which the restoration works will be carried out are accurate. All the restoration plans have been prepared under the supervision of ICHTO and the Organization will supervise the trend of project implementation as well. However, one of the main problems we have to overcome before the execution of the project is obtaining the necessary budget.”    


Historical city of Esfahan is one of the oldest Iranian cities located in Esfahan province. Existence of different historical quarters such as Jolfā, Dardasht, Darvāze-Noe, Aligoholi Āghā, and Jūybāreh in Esfahan points to the historical diversity of this ancient city.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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