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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