Friday, July 02, 2004

Mehr News Agency English

Mehr News Agency English: "UNESCO Adds Irans Pasargadae To World Heritage List
TEHRAN July 2 (MNA) -- The Iranian ancient site of Pasargadae was added to the World Heritage list at the 28th session of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Committee on Thursday in Suzhoui, a city in eastern China.
Pasargadae is the fifth Iranian site to be registered in the list, after Persepolis, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Takht-e Suleiman, and Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

The UNESCO?s announcement said that Pasargadae was not only a historical and cultural heritage, but also a memorial of a sacred heritage to call different cultures and religions to mutual respect.

Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II, the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century B.C. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.

?It?s a great day for Iranians and people of the world because the world community respects the human heritage of Cyrus, the Great by adding Pasargadae to the World Heritage List,? said Ahmad Jalali, the ambassador and permanent representative of Islamic Republic of Iran in UNESCO.

?This is a great signal for us that the sound of humanity and kindness will never get lost under the blue sky; today the sound which rose for human rights in Iran 2,500 years ago, is respectable for the world,? he added.

The charter of Cyrus, the Great (known as the Cyrus Cylinder), a baked-clay Aryan language cuneiform cylinder, was discovered in 1878 in excavation of the site of Babylon. Cyrus the Great ..."

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