The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- After several days of intensive renovation
works to remove stains of fake blood left recently on the walls and floors of
the Hadish Palace of King Xerxes I (reigned 485-465 BCE) at Persepolis Palace
Complex by a film crew, a team of renovation experts from Parse-Pasargadae
Research centre was finally able to successfully removed the paint.
had earlier said that chemical substances used to make the red liquid were
extremely hard to be cleaned up. However, making use of several chemical
solutions, renovation experts completely removed the stains.
weeks ago, Persepolis security guards arrested member of the film crew of Hassan
Fathi making a feature-length movie at this Achaemenid Palace Complex for
allegedly trying to steal two bas-reliefs on the walls of a palace denoted to
King Artaxerxes (465-425 BCE), grandson of Darius the Great. The person was able
to completely remove bas-relief of head of an Achaemenid soldier and cause much
harm to another one depicting a gift bearer before being arrested. The filming
team had also poured a red liquid representing blood on the wall and floor of
the Hadish Palace, ignoring previous warnings by the guards.
Following this incident, the prime suspect was taken into police custody and the team’s filming equipments were confiscated by Fars Police Department. This is while cultural heritage experts had repeatedly asked the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization to stop issuing permits for filming at Persepolis to prevent such destructions. The Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Fars is now planning to take legal action against the film crew for the damages caused to the seat of the glorious Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BCE).
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