The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- Destructive activities of
the Islamic Regime’s Esfahan-Shiraz railway project in a close distance of
Naqsh-e Rostam historic site have been stopped due to oppositions raised by
cultural heritage authorities.
According to reports
released by Marvdasht’s Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts, the activities of road
construction machines which were present in the area for building the
infrastructure for railway project have been stopped by Persepolis cultural
Based on the same report,
authorities of Persepolis security guard have declared the activities of
Esfahan-Shiraz workers just in 500 meters of Naqshe Rostam historic site illegal
and following the disagreement of ICHHTO with the project it has stopped railway
After examining the path
of Esfahan-Shiraz railway, Technical Council of ICHHTO officially announced its
final decision to Islamic Republics Ministry of Road and Transportation about
the maximum distance which the railway should be constructed from Naqsh-e Rostam
to cause the least harm to this historic site.
Experts of ICHHTO have
previously warned that the powerful jolts caused by train would have a harmful
effect on the historic monuments in the region including the collapse of Kaaba
of Zoroaster less than ten years, and train vibrations would eventually damage
rest of Naqsh-e Rostam’s ancient monuments.
After studying different
alternatives for saving the cultural landscape of the historic site of Naqsh-e
Rostam against railway project, experts of Pars-e Pasargadae Research Centre
concluded that the most effective way to prevent the railway from intruding the
historic landscape of this Pre-Islamic site is to construct a 6-kilometer-long
tunnel from Sivand to Shul village and direct the train through the tunnel. This
is while authorities of the railway project ignored all the warnings and have
begun their construction in nearby farm lands located in vicinity of Naqsh-e
While the news related to
the activities of regime’s Ministry of Road and Transportation without getting
the approval of ICHHTO seems to be go through a crisis which has aroused the
concern of the nation and cultural heritage enthusiasts, it seems nobody is in
charge of giving a clarifying explain to reporters about the project.
Located in Iranian Fars
province, 12 kilometre distance of Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam contains four
tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings which were carved out of the rock. The site also contains remnants of the Elamite, Parthian and
Sasanian dynastic eras.
recent years the Islamic republic has stepped up its cultural-cleansing of the
pre-Islamic Iranian heritage under the banner of development projects. The
regime has undermined and destroyed a number of major cultural landmarks
associated with the ancient Iranian regimes.
The constructions of new of the railroad which would ensure the destruction of the Achaemenid Kaaba of Zoroaster and other monuments in Naqsh-e Rostam is in accordance with the cultural cleansing orchestrated by the fundamentalist regime in Tehran.
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