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Laying Cables in Vicinity of Bisotun Completed


19 February 2007




LONDON, (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.    


Prior 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.


Later, 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.   


However, 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.




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

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