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Director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian denied that there had been any court ruling
against the efforts of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts
Organization (CHTHO) to force the diversion of a railway route that would pass
precariously close to the Achaemenid site of Naqsh-e Rustam in Fars Province.
spread such rumours in order to prevent this court case from following its
normal course, Talebian told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
such a court ruling had been made, we would have been informed, but we have
received no official notice,” he added.
railway embankment has been constructed at a distance of about 350 meters from
Naqsh-e Rustam, spoiling the historical landscape and places Persepolis in
UNESCO' danger list.
have said that if the railroad were to become operational, tremblers caused by
train movements, measuring up to two on the Richter scale, would inflict serious
damages to the Naqsh-e Rustam monuments and would cause the destruction of
Zoroaster’s Kaba in less than ten years.
CHTHO and cultural heritage enthusiasts finally convinced the Ministry of Road
and Transportation to alter the railway route in December 2006.
railway route is located exactly on the perimeter demarcated by UNESCO’s World
Heritage Committee, Talebian said, adding, “The railroad will cause serious
problems for the site and will also trigger protests from the committee.
CHTHO will never allow the railway route to pass near Naqsh-e Rustam.”
railroad project may also affect the registration of Naqsh-e Rustam on the
auxiliary list of the UNESCO Persepolis dossier, he noted.
few years ago, the CHTHO asked UNESCO to add Naqsh-e Rustam to the
Rustam is one of the most important pre-Islamic sites in Iran-Proper, which
tombs of Achaemenid Šāhanšāh
such as Darius the Great and his son Xerxes are carved into the living rock. The
site also contains remnants of the Elamite, Parthian and Sassanid dynastic eras.
In recent years the Islamic regime has stepped up its' cultural-cleansing of the pre-Islamic Iranian heritage under the banner of development projects. The regime has undermined and destroyed a number of major cultural landmarks associated with the ancient Iranian regimes, such as recent drowning 137 archaeological sites in Tang-e Bolaghi, to deprive the Iranian nation of their rich pre-Islamic heritage and identity.
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