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Iranians to clean up Persepolis for Norouz

Tehran, Mar.13 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) - People and members of cultural heritage advocate societies of Fars province, will gather to clean up the ancient site of Persepolis as a tradition to welcome the new Iranian year, Norouz.

The Iranian new year starts on March the 21st with traditional celebrations to welcome the revival of nature and arrival of spring held all around the country.

The move was proposed by the Persepolis Friends Society, who had already cleaned the site twice during last year. By agreement of the ICHTO in Fars, 45 members of different societies advocating cultural heritage are to take part in the project.

According to director of the Persepolis Friends Society, Sepideh Heidarnezhad, the move includes collecting the garbage, sweeping the area, and gathering up the barbed wires used in the site.

In 2002 the scholars and trainees of the Persepolis site cleaned the area in preparation of Norouz, but this is the first year that the site is cleaned in an organized movement by different societies, explained head of Persepolis complex, Maziar Kazemi.

Persepolis site is the Achaemenid Capital of Iran which was built by Darius I. In the vicinities of Persepolis there exist unique historical remains such as Naghsh-e Rostam, Naghsh-e Rajab, ancient hills, integration and communication systems, all of which form the ancient city of Pars-e.

Perspolis was inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List in 1978.

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