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5/5/04

Baba Taher's mausoleum in Hamedan restored

Hamedan, May 5, IRNA -- Director General of Hamedan province Cultural Heritage Department Farhad Farzaneh here Wednesday said that the restoration of the mausoleum of the celebrated Iranian poet Baba Taher Oryan has been completed.

He told IRNA that the road leading to the mausoleum, sewage system of its washrooms and part of its power installations and lighting system have been repaired.

"Baba Taher Hamedani was a prominent poet of the fifth century AH and contemporary to Toghrol Beig Saljuqi and his mausoleum is located north of the capital city of Hamedan.

"Baba Taher's mausoleum was also restored and replaced by a new brick monument under the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi and an azure ceramic tablet dating back to the seventh century AH was unearthed," he added.

Farzaneh noted that the some Quranic verses are engraved on the tablet in Kufi script which is now held at Iran Bastan Museum.

"A new mausoleum was constructed by Hamedan National Heritage Society and Municipality in 1965.

"Great men of of pen including Mohammad ibn al-Aziz from the third century AH, a scholar from 13th century, Mirza Ali-Naqi Kowthar, and a poet from 14th century Maftoon Hamedani have also been laid to rest next to Baba Taher's mausoleum," he added.

The mausoleum was listed as a national heritage monument in 1997.

There are 1,300 ancient cultural buildings in the province, of which 767 have been registered as national monuments.

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