The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Director of Parseh-Pasargad Research Foundation has announced that a meeting of members of Persepolis Strategic Council will be held next week to discuss the passage of a proposed Shiraz-Esfahan railway line in the vicinity of the historical site of Naqsh-e Rostam.
in a meeting held on 4th December 2006, between the authorities
of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), the Islamic
Republic’s Ministry of Road and Transportation, and the Fars Governor Office
regarding railway construction in the vicinity of the historic site of Naqsh-e
Rostam, the Ministry was forced to change the railway path in order to protect
the historical monuments from destruction.
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 Kaaba of Zoroaster in less than ten years if the railroad became 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.
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.
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