TEHRAN, June 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- The model of the Bam Citadel has been destroyed by unknown persons, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.
The Bam Citadel and the city of Bam were almost entirely destroyed by a devastating earthquake on December 26, 2003. The maquette had been made over 10 months based on the latest maps and archaeological records in order to be used in the reconstruction of the monument.
Measuring 10x8 meters, it was about a 1:2200 scale model of the citadel. It had been installed near the playground of a park in Bam.
"The model was constructed based on information gathered by the former director of the Bam Citadel, Dr. (Hassan) Tayyari, as a symbol and practice for reconstruction of the citadel, but it was completely destroyed by some unknown persons on June 10," the director of the rescue team working on the ancient citadel said.
"The event had a bad effect on everyone and they are asking why such a thing should happen. If this maquette was not beneficial for someone, it was also not detrimental for them," Eskandar Mokhtari added.
The police and the Bam governor's office have been informed about the incident.
"We had utilized all technical means and information in construction of the maquette to make Bam's people forget the sorrow of the destroyed citadel," Mokhtari sighed.
The maquete had no security guards due to lack of sufficient funds, he said.
Covering an area of 180,000 square meters, the Bam Citadel is located 200 kilometers south of the city of Kerman. The citadel was the world's largest adobe building.
It is not clear exactly when the Bam Citadel was built, but it is widely believed that it was originally constructed during the Sassanid era (224-651 CE). While some surviving structures date to the 12th century and before, most of what remains was built during the Safavid era (1502-1722).
The citadel had been partly renovated several times before the earthquake.
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