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New Railway Route, No Danger to Naqsh-e Rostam


02 January 2007




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.

Mohammad Hossein Talebian told Persian service of ISNA that necessary studies have been carried out on a new route and ways of protecting Naqsh-e Rostam have been specified.

“Number of experts have visited the site and a meeting by members of Persepolis Strategic Research Council will convene to make a final decision on the issue,“ he added.


Previously, 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.


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: Iran Daily

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