Over 40 historical monuments restored in Sistan-Baluchestan

May 19, 2020 - 10:54

TEHRAN – Some 43 historical buildings and structures in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan were restored during the previous Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 19).

Sehkuheh and Khan-Malek Kiani citadels, Heidarabad and Nikshahr castles and historical structure of Sehkuheh village are among the restored sites, CHTN quoted Alireza Jalalzai, the director of Sistan-Baluchestan’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department? as saying on Monday. 

The restoration projects aimed at preserving, protecting, and strengthening the historical sites, he added. 

Sistan-Baluchestan was previously shunned by potential foreign and domestic travelers though it is home to several distinctive archaeological sites and natural attractions, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely Shahr-e-Soukhteh (Burnt City) and Lut desert, parts of latter is situated in Kerman province. 

For mainstream Iranians, the name of Sistan-Baluchestan was conjuring up stories of drought, desiccated wetlands, and dust storms. On the international scale, foreigners may consider it a reminiscent of the big red blot on the Iran safety map.

In ancient times, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Baluchistan region provided a land route to the Indus Valley and the Babylonian civilizations. The armies of Alexander the Great marched through Baluchistan in 326 BC on their way to the Hindu Kush and on their return march in 325 experienced great hardships in the region’s barren wastes.

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