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Architects Restored Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great


12 November 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Restorers have completed restoration of the roof of the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, the director of Parseh-Pasargadae Research Foundation says.


"Experts used stone materials to mend fissures created over the passage of time," said Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Director for the Parseh-Pasargadae Research Foundation.


The 2500-year old monument, standing in Pasargadae in central Fars Province, was repaired four decades ago with construction materials such as cement and concrete.


"The cement that was used for repair had shifted and created crevices which drained water into the building. The process brought about serious damage to the monument," said Talebian.


Talebian pointed mistakes which were made during the previous reconstruction operation saying stone exceeding several tons had not been put in their original position.


These blocks of stone were returned to their original alignment during the reconstruction projects, he added.


Number of Iranian archaeologists have dismissed Talebian’s claim and asserted that the man who is in charge of restoration is not a qualified-restorer to carry out such an immense project, and as the result they expect further damages to the monument in a near future.


The resting place of the ‘Father of Iranian Nation’ Cyrus the Great is located in Pasargadae, the first capital of Achaemenid dynastic Empire.

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