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New Observatory Blocks the View of Sasanian Niasar Monument


17 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Construction of an observatory for University of Kashan at a distance of only 50 meters from the domed monument of Niasar has not only intruded the cultural landscape of this historic monument, belonging to Sasanian dynastic era (224-651 CE), it has also destroyed parts of the Sasanian fortification surrounded the of the monument.


“In the past months the Nisar Research Centre of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department (NCHTD) has repeatedly voiced its objections to construction of an observatory in the vicinity of the Sasanian monument of Niasar. However, the University ignored all these objections and continued its construction at a close distance to the ancient monument. The observatory was recently inaugurated by the University of Kashan,” said Nasser Mashhadizadeh Dahaghani, head of the Research Centre of the NCHTD to Persian service of CHN.


This is while in an earlier visit to the Observatory when it was still under construction, the deputies of the NCHTD asked the University authorities not to open the observatory.


According to Mashadizadeh, the researches undertaken in the vicinity of Niasar Monument, which according to some experts was an observatory during the Sasanian period, revealed that this unique structure was surrounded by a fortress during the Sasanian dynastic era, which the remaining sections had been identified and documented by experts from NCHTD. Some of those sections are also being destroyed to facilitate the space for the new construction.


Moreover, since the architectural style used in construction of the observatory is remotely different from that of Niasar monument, the building has blemished the historic texture of Niasar.


The village of Niasar is located 28 kilometres west of the city of Kashan, Esfahan province. Niasar’s Sasanian monument is a domed building constructed over a rock at the highest point of Niasar village which can be seen from afar. This historic village with its famous square dome dating back to the Sasanian era is one of Iran’s nominees for UNESCO registration.


The activities of Islamic Republic’ Mines and Industries Ministry are another threat to the Niasar monument. The jolts created as a result of exploiting stone from a nearby query have caused cracks to appear on this monument. Experts have warned that nothing would remain from this historic monument in a few years should construction activities continue in the region.




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

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