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Discovery of Murals of Four Sassanid Princes in Gour City

Tehran, 10 January 2006 (CHN) -- Archaeological excavations in an ancient palace near Menar area of Gour city which goes back to the Sassanid era resulted in the discovery of colored fresco of four Sassanid princes on one of the walls of this palace. This is the first time that such a design has been discovered.

Historical city of Gour, located near Firuz Abad in Fars province, is the first circle-shaped city of Iran, which was established during the third century AD by the order of Ardeshir Babakan, the founder of Sassanid dynasty, and was one of the most important cities during that period. Recently, archeological excavations in this historical site started for the first time under the supervision of Professor Dietrich, a German archaeologist and were taken up by an Iranian team.

"Archeological excavations in the remains of the discovered palace belonging to the Sassanid era near Menar area of Gour city led to the discovery of unique murals of four Sassanid princes on a wall. By now only the heads of these princes have been unearthed and we do no know what kind of dresses and armaments they had," said Leila Niakan, head of Iranian excavation team in Gour city. The search for the remaining parts of the murals still continues.

Black and white stones were used in the decoration of the discovered Sassanid palace near Menar region and the remains of the pillars are similar to those of Persepolis.

Prior to this, the entrance gate and a floor belonging to the Sassanid era were unearthed during the archeological excavations in the eastern part of Gour city. This entrance is also very similar to the gates of Persepolis but does not have bas-reliefs.

Gour city, the first circle-shaped city of Iran, has an important place in the history of Persia. This city was constructed during the third century AD and had four main gates, all of which were named after the royalties. These gates were Bab e Mehr in the east, Bab e Bahram in the west, Bab e Hormoz in the north, and Bab e Ardeshir in the south.

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