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12/5/06

Portugal's Private Sector to Restore Portuguese Forts in Persian Gulf

By Maryam Tabeshian
 
Restoration of three Portuguese fortresses in southern Iran has been relegated to Portugal's private sector which will cooperate with the Iranian experts in this project.
 

Portuguese military instruments are still
found almost intact in fortresses built by
the invading Portuguese navy in the 1520s
 
Tehran, 4 December 2006 (CHN) -- After a series of negotiations and meetings held between the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) with Portuguese restoration experts through the Iranian embassy in Lisbon, renovation of three Portuguese fortresses of Qeshm, Hormoz, and Lark in southern Iran was relegated to Portugal's private sector active in restoration of ancient monuments.
 
Last year, Portugal's Galust Gulbenkian Foundation asked Iran to allow its renovation experts restore the three fortresses. However, since the plan submitted by the Portuguese experts was incongruous with the one proposed by their Iranian counterparts, the two sides had to hold several meetings in order to incorporate the two plans into a single one. Finally, since the forts are located in Iran, the Portuguese experts agreed to modify their plans in keeping with historical accounts in Iran.
 
According to Mohammad-Ebrahim Larijani, deputy director of Qeshm Free Zone Organization for tourism affairs, once the plan is materialized, the Portuguese private sector will take charge of restoring the three fortresses. However, he added that experts of Qeshm Free Zone and ICHTO will supervise the process of renovation.
 
Portugal invaded southern Iran in 1522 AD during the Safavid dynastic period (1501-1736 AD), constructing buildings and forts in the Persian Gulf islands of Qeshm, Hormoz, and Lark. The Portuguese navy had to retreat later in the face of an attack by Shah Abbas who captured Hormoz and reunited the three islands with mainland Iran.
 
 
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