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Railway to Pass with Maximum Distance from Naqsh-e Rostam


04 February 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A few weeks ago, the news about construction of a railway near the historic site of Naqsh-e Rostam in Iran’s Fars province provoked oppositions by cultural heritage experts and international community who were concerned with the negative consequences of jolts caused by the train on this Achaemenid-Sasanian site. However, after examining the path of the railway, the technical council of ICHTO announced its final decision to the Ministry of Road and Transportation according to which the Ministry is obliged to construct the railway with maximum possible distance from Naqsh-e Rostam historic site.  


Announcing this news, Fariborz Dolatabadi, deputy director of preserving and restoration department of ICHTO said to Persian service of CHN: “During our last meeting with authorities of the Ministry of Road and Transportation, it was decided that ICHTO experts announce their decision about construction of the railway near Naqsh-e Rostam historic site. After initial studies were conducted, the Organization finally expressed its disagreement with construction of the railway near Naqsh-e Rostam.”


According to the latest decision, the railway which was previously supposed to be constructed 350 meters from Naqsh-e Rostam will be built at least one kilometre farther and this way this historic site would no longer be threatened.


Regarding construction of an underground pathway for the train, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, director of Pars-e Pasargadae Research Centre, said “The project for constructing an underground path for the train in order not to blemish the cultural landscape of Naqsh-e Rostam which had previously been proposed was finally rejected by the technical council of the Organization and Pars-e Pasargadae Research Centre as we were afraid that construction of the underground pathway would cause some damages to this historic site.”


The previous plan was the construction of an embankment for the railway track about 350 meters from the Naqsh-e Rostam historical complex, and the rumbling of the trains would have damaged the monuments, including the collapse of K’aba of Zoroaster in less than ten years if the railroad would have become operational.


Experts had also said that the artificial embankment was spoiling Naqsh-e Rostam landscape and could have caused Persepolis to be added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger since Naqsh-e Rostam site is located within the perimeter of Persepolis' historical zone.


Naqsh-e Rostam is immensely important for Iranians, since the site holds a number of the Achaemenid dynastic rock-tombs, such as Darius the Great and his son Xerxes I. The site also contains a number of reliefs dating back to the Arsacid and Sasanian dynastic eras, as well as the Elamite period.




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

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