Bisotun under the spotlight

July 27, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Bisotun Cultural Heritage Center and Iran University of Science and Technology have recently teamed up to organize related affairs in the Bisotun site.

“The site lacks an appropriate entrance, a proper address, and many other necessary services for tourists and visitors and this situation confuses them,” Bisotun Cultural Heritage Center director Davud Daneshian told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.
“We intend to prepare a two-year plan to upgrade conditions to that which would be appropriate for a world heritage site,” he added.
Designing a lighting system for the site’s paths, installing signs, restoration of the sites damaged over the years, establishing a site-specific museum, and converting a Safavid-era caravanserai into a motel will be main objectives of the plan.
“An old building covering 150 square meters in area is located at Bisotun, which is currently being restored in order to be converted into a site-specific museum,” Daneshian said.
“The museum will display all artifacts discovered or excavated in the forthcoming archeological investigations at the site,” he added.
Bisotun is located in western Iran some 30 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Kermanshah at the foot of the Zagros Mountains.
The site, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List July 13, 2006, includes sub-sites of a Median temple, a Seleucid statue of Heracles, bas-reliefs of Parthian kings Mithridates II, Gotarzes II, and one of the Vologeseses, Phraates flat cliff, and a Sassanid monument. However the site is best known for bas-reliefs and inscriptions of Darius the Great.