The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Despite all oppositions for installing cables in the vicinity of
Bistun World Heritage Site in Iranian western province of Kermanshah, the
Islamic Republic provincial Telecommunication Organization has completed the
project, which has led into destruction of some historical sites belonging to
the Sasanian (224-651 CE) and Ilkhanid (1256-1336) dynastic eras.
to this, the provincial office of Telecommunication Organization in Kermanshah
tried to attract the approval of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of
Kermanshah province (KCHTO) for laying cables near the Khosrow Bridge in Bistun
Plain. However, each time the request was rejected by KCHTO due to existence of
a number of historical sites in the area especially the Khosrow Bridge.
during an unannounced program, the Islamic Republic Telecommunication
Organization started digging trenches for installing cables, which has resulted
in destruction of some Sasanian and Ilkhanid historical sites. This is while,
experts of KCHTO, had already suggested another path near the Chehr Bridge to
minimize the damages to Bistun world heritage site as much as possible, which it
was not welcomed by the Telecommunication Organization and they preferred to
complete the project based on their initial programs.
in a talk with Persian service of CHN, Asadolah Biranvand, the director of KCHTO,
pointed that evidence indicate that the Telecommunication Organization is in
charge of what happened in Bistun plain said: “we have documented the case to
peruse it through legal authorities.”
Bistun Plain is spread at the foothill of Bistun Mountain in Kermanshah province, western Iran, where several ancient remains including prehistoric caves, a temple from the Median dynasty, the relief and inscription of the Achaemenid King Darius the Great, post-Achaemenid Hecules statue, and a Partho-Sasanian village are found. It was registered in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on July 13th, 2006 in a decision made by the World Heritage Committee in its 30th session which was held in Lithuania.
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