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Restoration of Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great to be Resumed


28 April 2007




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  An Iranian man at the site of Cyrus the Great mausoleum,  paying his respect to the founder and father of the nation.

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, founder of the second Iranian dynastic empire, the Achaemenids who reigned from 550 to 529 BCE, will be restored again with replacing its ceiling stones which have been damaged with new ones. Meanwhile, the lichen will be also removed from the body of the mausoleum.     


“Based on a planned schedule, in continuation of restoration of Cyrus’ Mausoleum, the ceiling of the mausoleum will be restored by replacing some new and small pieces of stones which will be brought from Sivand quarry and if everything goes well, we would be able to remove the scaffold which have been installed since last year around Cyrus’ mausoleum to support the construction from rain and snow,” said Hassan Rahsaz, stone restoration expert and head of restoration team in Cyrus’ mausoleum and Pasargadae.


Regarding the interruption in restoring Cyrus the Great’ mausoleum, he said: “The restoration team kept on restoring the ceiling of the mausoleum. However, the icy coldness of the weather made continuation of the work impossible.”


According to Rahsaz, the restoration team has also succeeded to restore all dovetail joints of the mausoleum ceiling. “Some 210 meters of canals of Pasargadae imperial garden have been also restored so far which has somehow revived the ancient glory of this world heritage site,” added head of restoration team in Pasargadae.


By undertaking continual 6-7 months work in year, Pasargadae restoration team which has been formed since last year by efforts of Parse-Pasargadae Research Centre is doing its best to restore Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, which is one of the most wonderful and revered historical monuments in Iran. One of the main features of this mausoleum is that its entrance doorway is constructed to face the sunset, which was due to the fact that Cyrus loved the twilight view.


Located 70 kilometres north of Persepolis in Iranian Fars province, Pasargadae was the oldest capital of the Achaemenid dynasty (550-330 BCE), built by Cyrus the Great. It resembled a park about 2x3 kilometres in which several monumental buildings were to be seen. This historical complex along with the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great were inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2005. 




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