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Iran Restores the Timurid tomb in Samarkand

In cooperation with Uzbek officials, Iranian authorities of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization dedicates a sound fund and collaborates in restoration of Shah Zand, a Timurid site in Samarkand.

Tehran - 21 July, 2005 (CHN) - Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) dedicates a hundred-thousand-dollar fund for repairing Shah Zand mausoleum, one among many in the historical Timurid site, in Samarkand.

"The historical graveyard in Samarkand which dates back to Timerid era includes 20 old tombs" asserted Adel Farhangi, the consultant of research center for cultural heritage and tourism.

"The tombs which are situated at two sides of an ancient hill," he added "have sepulchers which are important according to architectural values". In Farhangi's view, restorations were made by Uzbek masters whose techniques were experimental. Therefore, lack of scientific restoration techniques has caused a decrease in the level of restorations quality.

"The restoration of one of the 20 Timerid tombs by Iranian experts is a good opportunity to exhibit the knowledge of Iranian experts in the fields of research projects, restoration, documentation and organization of historical sites" indicated Farhangi.

It is only in the restorations made by Russians that we can notice a standard restoration work in Uzbekistan. Previously, Russian archeologists were responsible for the restoration of Rigestan historical complex which is a UNESCO world heritage.

Shah Zand project will begin in near future after the negotiations between Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization and Uzbekistan officials.

... Payvand News - 7/22/05 ... --

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