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Military base hindering registration of Falakolaflak Castle on UNESCO list

TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's endeavor to register the Falakolaflak Castle on the UNESCO World Heritage List is facing more hurdles due to a military base located on the perimeter of the Sassanid monument.

Several decades ago, a garrison was set up at the perimeter of the Falakolaflak Castle and a great number of military forces have been deployed in and around the castle, which is located in Khorramabad, the capital of the western province of Lorestan.

"About two years ago, the necessary documents for registration of the monument on the UNESCO World Heritage List were prepared here and sent to the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in Tehran," Falakolaflak Cultural Heritage and Tourism Center Director Ali Sajjadi told the Persian Service of CHN on Saturday.

"We received no comment from the CHTHO about the documents, so we didn't pursue the matter because we knew that the troops had to be transferred from the region to convince UNESCO to register the castle on the World Heritage List," he added.

"The Lorestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (LCHTHD) made diligent efforts to relocate the garrison. The LCHTHD even proposed an alternative site for the installation, but the garrison's officials have not cooperated," he explained.

The castle, which covers an area of 14 hectares, was originally built during the reign of the Sassanid king Shahpur I (241-272). However, it was used by other succeeding governments.

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