The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- For the third time in the past few months,
part of the Achaemenid Persepolis palace complex is destroyed by film crews.
shooting a feature movie at Tachara Palace belonging to the Achaemenid emperor
Darius the Great (549-486 BCE), the crew poured a red liquid on the stone
pavements of the palace’s southeastern courtyard to make special effects.
Smoke was also added to the effects shots which further destroyed the courtyard.
Since the substance was made of chemicals, it is said that removing it would be
a hard task.
movie is directed by the renowned Iranian movie director Tahmineh Milani who
obtained permission for shooting her movie at Persepolis from Iran’s Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and its provincial department in Fars.
She started her work at Persepolis with a team of 20 people and a dozen
children. Ironically, the children who were to play in the movie cautioned
Milani about spraying paint on the floor, but according to an eyewitness, they
were treated “unpleasantly” in return.
the incident, authorities of Persepolis and a number of cultural heritage
experts went to the scene and voiced their objections to the destructions
caused, but they, too, were ignored by Milani.
area has now been surrounded by security guards to prevent further destruction
to the palace.
is the third time in the past few months that the Palace of Persepolis,
considered part of world’s heritage, is being destroyed by filming groups
after part of King Xerxes Palace at Persepolis was destroyed by fire caused by
one group, followed by a more disastrous event last December when a film crew
was arrested for trying to steal two bas-reliefs on the walls of a palace
denoted to Artaxerxes (465-425 BCE), grandson of Darius the Great, extensively
damaging head of an Achaemenid soldier and causing much harm to another
bas-relief depicting a representative from an Achaemenid subject nation bringing
gift to the court of King of Kings. The same team had also left stains of fake
blood on the floor and walls of King Artaxerxes Palace which were removed
following a painstaking renovation operation by experts.
This is while Iranian cultural heritage experts have repeatedly asked ICHTO to stop issuing permits for filming at Persepolis to prevent repetition of such tragedies, but all warnings and requested have been ignored.
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