The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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.
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