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No Court Ruling Against CHTHO in Naqsh-e Rustam Case: Talebian


05 June 2007




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  Detailed map of Railway in relation to Naqsh-e Rostam and Persepolis (Click to enlarge)

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation 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.


People spread such rumours in order to prevent this court case from following its normal course, Talebian told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.


“If such a court ruling had been made, we would have been informed, but we have received no official notice,” he added.


A 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.


Experts 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.


The CHTHO and cultural heritage enthusiasts finally convinced the Ministry of Road and Transportation to alter the railway route in December 2006.


The 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.


“The CHTHO will never allow the railway route to pass near Naqsh-e Rustam.”


The railroad project may also affect the registration of Naqsh-e Rustam on the auxiliary list of the UNESCO Persepolis dossier, he noted.


A few years ago, the CHTHO asked UNESCO to add Naqsh-e Rustam to the Persepolis dossier, which is on the World Heritage List.


Naqsh-e 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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