Sunday, July 04, 2004

:: Xinhuanet - World Heritage site: Pasargadae of Iran

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "World Heritage site: Pasargadae of Iran

SUZHOU, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Pasargadae of the Islamic Republic of Iran was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural heritage at the 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee, scheduled from June 28 to July 7 in Suzhou of east China's Jiangsu Province.
The first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, was founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC.
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.
Particularly noteworthy vestiges in the 160-hectare site include the Mausoleum of Cyrus II, Tall-e Takht or a fortified terrace, and a royal ensemble of gatehouse, audience hall, residential palace, and gardens.
Pasargadae was the capital of the first great multi-cultural empire in Western Asia. Spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Hindus River, it is considered to be the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples.
This was reflected in Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures. Enditem "

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