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Ruler's Seat of Khosrow & Shirin Castle Discovered

Tehran, 12 June 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations in Shirin's castle resulted in discovery of the dais of the castle which was used as the seat of the king.

"Among our archeological achievements in this historical palace is discovery of a raised platform or dais which was used as the seat of the king in Shirin's castle, some parts of which were destroyed over time. Archeological evidence shows that the area was hit by a severe earthquake during ancient times which resulted in devastation of most parts of the castle," said Yousof Moradi, head of excavation team in Khosrow & Shirin Castle.

Archeological excavations in the city of Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah province started with the aim of identifying the architectural style of the Sassanid monument of Shirin Castle. Recently archeologists were able to discover the ceremonial hall of the castle.

Archeologists believe that the former plans of this palace suggested by three foreign archeologists including de Morgan from France, Gertrude Bell from Britain, and Roiter from the United States, do not accurately represent the real architectural style of this historical castle. Therefore, they are trying to find out the real map and architectural style of this historical monument during this season of excavation.

Qasr-e Shirin, literary translating to Persian as the Palace of Shirin, is the name of a historical city in Kermanshah province, west of Iran, which was built during the Sassanid dynastic era (226-651 AD). During his reign, Khosrow Parviz, the Sassanid king, built this huge palace which is 300 meters in length and 100 meters in width and named it after his queen, Shirin, hence the city got its name from her and now it is called Qasr-e Shirin. Some prominent Iranian and Arab geologists have called this marvelous monument one of the wonders of the world.

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