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Restoration of Cyrus' Tomb to be Resumed

4/29/07 By Soudabeh Sadigh

Restoration of the tomb of Cyrus the Great which was stopped due to coming of cold season in the area will be resumed once again.

Tomb of Cyrus the Great

Tehran, 28 April 2007 (CHN) - The Tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of Achaemenid dynasty who ruled over Persia from 550 to 530 BC, will be restored again with replacing its ceiling stones which have been damaged with new ones. Meanwhile, the lichen will be also removed from the body of the tomb.

"Based on a planned schedule, in continuation of restoration of Cyrus' Tomb, the ceiling of the tomb will be restored by replacing some new and small pieces of stones which will be brought from Sivand quarry and if everything goes well, we would be able to remove the scaffold which have been installed since last year around Cyrus' tomb to support the construction from rain and snow," said Hassan Rahsaz, stone restoration expert and head of restoration team in Cyrus' tomb and Pasargadae.

Regarding the interruption in restoring Cyrus' tomb, he said: "The restoration team kept on restoring the ceiling of the tomb. However, the icy coldness of the weather made continuation of the work impossible."

According to Rahsaz, the restoration team has also succeeded to restore all dovetail joints of the tomb ceiling. "Some 210 meters of canals of Pasargadae royal garden have been also restored so far which has somehow revived the ancient glory of this world heritage site," added head of restoration team in Pasargadae.

By undertaking continual 6-7 months work in year, Pasargadae restoration team which has been formed since last year by efforts of Parse Pasargadae Research Center is doing its best to restore Tomb of Cyrus the Great, which is one of the most wonderful historical monuments in Iran. One of the main features of this tomb is that its entrance doorway is constructed to face the sunset, which was due to the fact that Cyrus loved the twilight view.

Located 70 kilometer north of Persepolis in Iranian Fars province, Pasargadae was the oldest capital of the ancient Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC), built by the founder of this dynasty, King Cyrus the Great. It resembled a park about 2x3 kilometers in which several monumental buildings were to be seen. This historical complex along with the Tomb of Cyrus the Great were inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2005.

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