Portugal's Private Sector to Restore Portuguese Forts in Persian Gulf
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
intact in fortresses built by
the invading Portuguese navy in the
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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