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Bisotun Hailed on National Celebration

By Soudabeh Sadigh
Bisotun’s national celebration was held with the attendance of Iranian cultural heritage authorities and some Iranian and European archeologists in Bisotun plain.
Relief of Darius the Great at Bisotun
Tehran, 4 November 2006 (CHN) -- Commemorating world registration of Bisotun as the eighths Iranian cultural heritage site in the list of UNESCO, Iranians got together in Bisotun plain yesterday to celebrate this important event. The celebration was attended by a number of authorities from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Abdin Salih, director of UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, Mr. Ahmad Jalali, Iran’s permanent representative in UNESCO, and a group of Iranian and foreign archeologists and cultural heritage enthusiasts.
In an interview with CHN, Taha Hashemi, director of ICHTO’s Archeology Research Center, said that this was the first time registration of a historical site in the list of UNESCO was celebrated in Iran. According to him, the event will have some positive impacts both on the Iranian society and at international level. He also announced that Iran will be celebrating such important events in the future.
“Bisotun’s national celebration would create a cultural bed among different social classes in Iran. On the other hand, it teaches the Iranian children the importance of their cultural heritage and how to preserve them. This would trigger the future generation to consider development activities while keeping in mind the importance of cultural heritage preservation,” said Hashemi to CHN.     
Taha Hashemi pointed out that Iran has already developed some kind of coordination between development projects and preservation of cultural heritage sites in some historic cities such as Isfahan which must be used as case models elsewhere in the country.
Traditional music performance, narration of the legendry story of Shirin and Farhad, laser shining and lighting Bisotun’s area and its inscription were parts of the program of this day.
The historic site of Bisotun is located in Kermanshah province, western Iran. The complex is comprised of numerous valuable historical remains such as the Median Temple, the relief of Darius the Great, gigantic statue of Hercules, and the Sassanid monument of Bisotun.
Last July, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee voted to register Bisotun in the Organization’s World Heritage List during its 30th session in Lithuania.

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