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Tarisha Temple Lost its Chance for World Registration


10 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Despite continuous objections voiced by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Khuzestan province (KCHTO), construction of a privately owned 10-storied hotel in the vicinity of the historic site of Eshkaf-e Salman, otherwise known as Tarisha Temple is on its final stage. As the result the 3000-year-old Elamite inscription and bas-reliefs of this historic site will permanently lose their chance for being registered in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, unless sometime in future demolition of the hotel takes place.


The building which at first was supposed to be a restaurant or an amphitheatre turned out to be a 10-storey hotel. Once informed, the provincial CHTO took the case to the Islamic Judiciary of Ahvaz, capital city of Khuzestan province. However, considering the ownership of Izeh municipality over these lands in Eshkaf-e Salman, Khuzestan’s judiciary rejected the appeal and the case was taken to Islamic Republic’s Supreme Court. The Islamic Court, voted in favour of the owner who is closely tied with the regime. Recent vandalisation of the site is suspected to be in connection with the hotel construction and its owners(s).


Located in the city of Izeh in the Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestan, Eshkaf-e Salman, also referred to as Tarisha Temple, is home to the largest Elamite (3400-550 BCE) inscription ever found in Iran. Four bas-reliefs can be seen in Eshkaf-e Salman, two of which are inside a cave.





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

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