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No More Hope for World Registration of Eshkaft-e Salman


27 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Despite earlier assurance of director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Khuzestan province to stop construction of a hotel in the vicinity of Eshkāft-e Salmān historic site, the project for construction of a ten-storey hotel in the cultural landscape of Eshkaft-e Salman recently came to an end and according to project manager, Ebrahimi, the hotel was opened last week. This way, the 3000-year-old site of Eshkaft-e Salman permanently lost its chance for being inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.  


From the very beginning, construction of a hotel in the vicinity of this historic site raised a lot of objections by Iranian cultural heritage enthusiasts. The case was even brought to a local Islamic court by the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, but the court voted in favour of the private owner of the hotel, due to his affiliation with the ruling clerics.  


Located in the city of Izeh, Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province, Eshkaft-e Salman (Salman’s Cave), otherwise known as Tarishā Temple, is home to the biggest and most ancient neo-Elamite cuneiform inscription ever found in Iran.


It contains four bas-reliefs carved on a mountain, two of which are inside a nearby cave. One of the bas-reliefs depicts a woman beside a man and a priest in a traditional ceremony.




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

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