The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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