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08/25/15

Iran's historical wall of Darabgerd to be registered in Guinness

Report by Press TV


File photo: General view of the circular wall of Darabgerd in the southwestern Iranian province of Fars

Heritage activists in Iran have embarked on a project to get a historical wall in southwest Iran registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Mohammad Bagher Mohajer, director of a local NGO in the province of Fars, said Monday that plans are underway to enlist Darabgerd as the world's longest mud brick wall.

The 6-kilometer structure, located in the city of Darab and around 200 kilometers from the provincial capital Shiraz, is an ancient, circular wall which dates back to the early Sassanid era. For years, the wall and the ruins of the ancient city which it encompasses, has served as a rich and abundant source of research and study for archeologists.

 

Mohajer regretted that the historical structure has remained almost unknown both in Iran and around the world, saying officials are also planning to submit documents to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to register the site on the world's heritage list.

Darabgerd, which is also known as the Darabgird or Darabjerd, is believed to be the place where the great king and founder of the Sassanid dynasty Ardaxshir-e Pabakan was educated and it was from this town that he began his territorial conquest.

The historical importance of Darabgerd is doubled when one considers a series of rock reliefs near the city and an adobe building inside it which is rich in decoration. The historic complex is also home to the ruins of a citadel as well as three fortresses in the mountains north of Darabgerd.

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