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Sassanid City of Bishapour Enclosed by Fences

By Maryam Tabeshian

The entire area containing remains of the historic city of Bishapour, known as the bride of Sassanid cities, have been enclosed by fences to protect its architectural masterpieces.

Ruins of the palace of Sassanid King, Shapour I,
at the historic site of Bishapour, Fars province

Tehran, 20 November 2006 (CHN) -- In order to fully protect the historic city of Bishapour and its urban constructions left from the glorious Sassanid Dynasty (224-651 AD), the entire area has been enclosed by fences. Security guards now protect the magnificent ruins round the clock.

Announcing this news, Mosayeb Amiri, deputy head of Fars Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department for technical preservation, said that the measure was taken as the first step toward world registration of this Sassanid city which has been potentially nominated for inscription in UNESCO's World Heritage List. "Bishapour's dossier is currently being completed and will soon be ready to be surrendered to UNESCO experts," added Amiri.

Located in present-day Fars province, Bishapour is a vast historic site containing remains of a huge palace and a large number of urban constructions from the Sassanid dynastic era. It was the most significant city of the Sassanid dynasty, built on the Imperial Road in Fars Province, at the time of Shapour I (240-270 AD), the second Sassanid king.

Archeological excavations at the historic site of Bishapour were left incomplete two years ago due to a number of shortages including lack of funding. Even now as the new excavation season at this ancient site approaches, the exact date to start excavations at Bishapour is still hazy.

"At this time of the year, the excavation season at Bishapour usually starts in late November and lasts for two months. Funding for the excavations at Bishapour normally comes from the National Fund; and we do hope the trend of excavations could be resumed especially now that we have lack of funding for such projects almost everywhere in Iran," said Amiri.

Amiri, who is also the person in charge of Bishapour's Research Center, further announced construction of a new museum to hold artifacts found in this historic site which will be established in a near future.

The ruins of the historical city of Bishapour are found on the slope of Koohmareh heights, 23 kilometers west of the city of Kazeroon. Known as the bride of Sassanid cities, Bishapour stands out among all the other historic sites of the same period. The beautiful scenery of the Shapour Plain and river as well as the new architectural style of Bishapour buildings distinguished the city in the whole Sassanid civilization. After the Arab conquest of the Persian Empire in 651 AD and the fall of the Sassanid Dynasty, Islamic architectural features were applied to parts of this Sassanid city, evidence of which has remained to this date.

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