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7/13/04

Iran: Sassanid Oldest Brick Dome Slated for Renovation

Sarvestan Palace, one of the most splendid monuments of the Sassanid era, is planned for a special renovation program to prevent its dilapidation, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Housing Iran's oldest brick cupola, the palace was built during the reign of Bahram V Gur (420-438 A.D.) as a leisure mansion. Mehrnevsi, his well-known minister ordered the construction of this palace. It has one entrance corridor (ivan) and the dome is located in the center of the building. Located in Fars Province, it is made of brick, stone and plaster. Since 1956, major renovations took place. This monument has been registered on the list of National Monuments of Iran.

"In recent years, some walls of the monument have cracked and some bricks fell down. The climatic conditions have left adverse effects on the structure, damaging certain parts," Amir Pirooz Daghoghi, head of the project.

He estimated the renovation program to last 2 years, costing about 200,000 euros.

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