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Military Base Hindering Registration of Sasanian Dež-Bar Fortress on the World Heritage List


02 August 2009



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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Cultural authorities endeavour to register the Sasanian Fortress of Falakolaflak on the UNESCO World Heritage List is facing more hurdles due to a military base located on the perimeter of the ancient monument.


Several decades ago, a garrison was set up at the perimeter of the fortress and a great number of military forces have been deployed in and around the it, which is located in Khorramabad, the capital of the western province of Lorestan.


“About two years ago, the necessary documents for registration of the monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List were prepared here and sent to the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in Tehran,” Falakolaflak Cultural Heritage and Tourism Centre Director Ali Sajjadi told the Persian Service of CHN on Saturday.


“We received no comment from the CHTHO about the documents, so we didn’t pursue the matter because we knew that the troops had to be transferred from the region to convince UNESCO to register the Fortress on the World Heritage List,” he added.


“The Lorestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (LCHTHD) made diligent efforts to relocate the garrison. The LCHTHD even proposed an alternative site for the installation, but the garrison’s officials have not cooperated,” he explained.


The Fortress which was known as Dež-Bār and Shāpūr-Khwāst , covers an area of 14 hectares, was built during the reign of the Sasanian dynastic emperor, Shahpur I (241-272). However, it was used by other succeeding governments.





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