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Kangavar's Anahita Temple Preparing For UNESCO Registration


21 April 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Kangavar Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department plans to prepare some section of the area surrounding the ancient Anahita Temple, Kermanshah province, as the first step towards the registration of the monument on UNESCO’s list of global heritage.

According to Persian service of CHN, Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has allocated fund for the maintenance of the edifice and area near Anahita Temple which is located on the Hamedan-Kermanshah highway.

Some of the experts argue that the monument is not a temple from the Achaemenid (550-330 BCE) or Arsacid dynastic (248 BCE- 224 CE) eras, rather it was the palace of Khosrow Parviz of the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE).

Head of Kangavar Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department Saeed Doustani said that the sum will be spent on acquiring three plots of land and four buildings.

A sum of US $3,500,000 is necessary for purchasing all the area surrounding the edifice, he noted.

Plans to excavate and renovate the monument are also on the institute’s agenda and this will be conducted in the year to March 2008 once necessary funds are made available, he said.
One of the problems threatening the monument is the growth of plants at the site.

Setting fire to the plants, which blackened the area, was among the activities which astonished many visitors and reporters to the site last year, Doustani said.

Guards at the temple described setting the plants on fire as the sole way for destroying them while Doustani maintained that the growth of weeds can be prevented by creating green space around the temple. Creating green space will take nourishment from the soil and the weeds will not grow, he said.




Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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