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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Islamic Republic Demolished Parthian Bridge of Negin

 

20 September 2007

 

 

 

 A section of Parthian Bridge of Negin before destruction

Picture courtesy of CHN

Edited by Shapour Sure-Pahlav

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Islamic Republic under the guise of construction of a new bridge in Shamim Yaar, one of the districts of Masjed Soleyman, have demolished 2200-year old Parthian bridge of Negin. The ancient bridge was amongst the best preserved and intact bridges of its type remained from Arsacid dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE) in Iran-proper.

 

This news has been announced by Mojtaba Gahstooni, the spokesman for the Khusestan’s Friends of the Cultural Heritage Association (Tariana).

 

"The 60 meters in length was the best survived Parthian water engineering example in the country, which was demolished despite the 100-meter legal protection boundary, imposed by Khuzestan Province Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization [KCHTO]" said Gahstooni.  

 

According to Gahstooni, the KCHTO in 2005 initially announced a 700-meter protection boundary for this monument, which was set and the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Roads and Transportation was ordered to observe this and to keep their operations away from the announced area. However, the boundary was reduced to 100 meters in 2006 by KCHTO possibly as result of pressure from the regime in order to pave the way for its destruction and later to claim that was an accident.  

 

Shortage of fuel has been announced to be the reason of delay in sending experts of KCHTO to prevent the monument from total destruction; this is while the Islamic regime spends billions of dollars of the Iranian wealth in Iraq and Lebanon.  

 

Until this moment, neither  KCHTO experts nor the regime’s authorities have answered to the request for an interview.  

 

After 1979 Western-orchestrated Islamic Revolution in Iran, the ruling clerics who are of non-Iranian origin have been devoted themselves to destroy and erase all the pre-Islamic Iranian culture and civilisation, under the guise of construction projects. 

 

The destruction of this Parthian bridge is one of the latest examples of Islamic regime's animosity towards Iran, Iranian nation and Iran's rich heritage.

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