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Tarisha Lost its Chance for World Registration

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Construction of a tall hotel in the vicinity of the historic site of Eshkaf-e Salman, known as Tarisha Temple, has not only defied heritage regulations, it has also taken away the chance for world registration of Iran's biggest Elamite inscription.

Bas-reliefs of Eshkaf-e Salman
depicting two women and a priest
in a ceremonial tradition

Tehran, 9 January 2007 (CHN) -- Despite continuous objections voiced by the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Khuzestan province, construction of a 10-storied hotel in the vicinity of the historic site of Eshkaf-e Salman, otherwise known as Tarisha Temple, by the municipality of the city of Izeh is on its final stage. This way the 3000-year-old Elamite inscription and bas-reliefs of this historic site will permanently lose their chance for being registered in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

The building which at first was supposed to be a restaurant or an amphitheater turned out to be a 10-storey hotel. Once informed, the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department took the case to the judiciary of Ahwaz, capital city of Khuzestan province. However, considering the ownership of Izeh municipality over these lands in Eshkaf-e Salman, Khuzestan's judiciary rejected the appeal and the case was taken to Iran's Supreme Court.

At last, according to Faramarz Khooshab, head of Association of Cultural Heritage Supporters of Izeh, since the case was not promptly followed by Khuzestan's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department through the Supreme Court, the Court voted in favor of the owner of the lands and construction of the hotel was resumed.

Located in the city of Izeh in the Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestan, Eshkaf-e Salman, also referred to as Tarisha Temple, is home to the largest Elamite (3400-550 BC) inscription ever found in Iran. Four bas-reliefs can be seen in Eshkaf-e Salman, two of which are inside a cave.

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