The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A part of the ancient water system of
canals, tunnels and waterfalls in Shushtar has collapsed as a result of lack of
attention from the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation (KCHTO).
The Islamic regime claimed the damages caused as the result of excessive
The collapse occurred in the Gargar
Bridge, one of the 13 parts of the water system, which has been registered on
the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2009.
No action has been taken to prevent more
collapses as the destruction continues, the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Lovers
Society (Tariana) spokesman Mojtaba Gahestuni told the Persian service of the
Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
A part of the Gargar collapsed two years
ago due to deterioration as well as cars driving over the bridge, he said.
“Now, even the people walking over the
bridge are causing damage to the structure,” he warned.
He urged establishing an international
committee to work on preventing more destruction to the ancient water system,
which may also be added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger, because
of the destruction.
man-made Shushtar waterfalls are located near the ancient city of Susa in
Khuzestan Province. Construction of the structures began during the Achaemenid
dynasty (550-33 BCE) on one of the Gargar River’s tributaries and the system
was then improved and expanded by the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE).
waterworks are comprised of bridges, dams, mills, aquifers, reservoirs, tunnels,
and canals, most of which were constructed in the Sassanid period especially
during the reign of Emperor Shapur I (241-272 CE).
structures were used as an irrigation system and encouraged cultural
interactions within the region. The waterfalls presented visitors with a
beautiful and unique landscape, while enjoying the results of hydraulic
engineering technology rare at that point in history.
The Shushtar waterfalls are among the few ancient water systems in Iran used for irrigating the Shushtar plain.
Despite the numerous previous warnings from cultural figures no action was taken to prevent the ancient structure from destruction. It is believed the Islamic republic purposely ignored the warnings to ensure its destruction as the structure is pre-Islamic Iranian heritage. The local authority of the province blamed the destruction on the lack of budget. This is while the Islamic Republic recently spent $10,000,000 on 230kg gold to cover the domes of the tomb of a Shi’a Imam in Iraq, which has nothing to do with Iranians or Iranian heritage.
It is greatly feared Persepolis will have the same fate as Shushtra Water Systems as experts have recently warned the edifice is danger of immanent collapse.
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