Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization (ICHO) Seyed Mohammad Beheshti on Monday said that in case the budget required for restoration of the quake-flattened Bam Citadel is provided, its reconstruction will be completed in five years, IRNA reported from Kerman.
He told IRNA that the preliminary specialized assessment and feasibility studies have already been launched at the ruined site of the historical complex.
ICHO technical consultant Abdolazim Amir Shah-Karimi said that according to the assessments, ever since its construction, the citadel has been restored at least three times.
"Engineering and architectural principles have not been taken into consideration in the process of former restoration of Bam Citadel.
"The separate walls and ceilings added to the monument earlier have not only added to its weight, but have made it less resistant to earthquakes," he added.
The official said that on various occasions, walls have been erected one after another without proper laying of foundation. "The rubble has been accumulated behind the walls of the citadel in the course of time and the remains of the collapsed walls have been left behind the walls surrounding the ancient city of Bam.
"Given that the city might have been shattered by several earthquakes throughout the history, each time the collapsed walls have been replaced by new ones without laying any proper foundation," he added.
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