ID : N-1058 Date : 2018/01/15 - 14:57
(Persia Digest) – The Chief of Kerman Cultural Heritage Organization announced: “Fourteen years after the Bam earthquake, sightseers can now watch over the Citadel from its highest point in the governor’s seat.”
Mahmud Vafaei said: “Presently, the first phase of restorations in the seat of government has been completed and works will begin on the seat’s fort within the next month.”
He added: “Fortunately, Bam Village has infrastructures such as the railways, an airport, the new citadel complex, and hotels with different ratings that can cater well for tourists.”
He pointed out to the annual September date festival in Bam, and continued: “This is a different kind of festival that can attract many visitors here.”
Vafaei reiterated that Bam Citadel had returned to the tourism cycle of Kerman Province from last year, and stated: “I am pleased to say that the extensive restoration works in the Citadel are progressing according to the Conservation Management Plan approved by Unesco and the Supreme Council for Planning and Architecture of Iran.”
The Bam Citadel dates back to 2500 years ago. It is situated near the city of Bam in Kerman Province, southeastern Iran. The massive Citadel is a Unesco World Heritage site, registered as “Bam and its Cultural Landscape”. It was erected in the 5th century BCE along the Silk Road and was still inhabited until 1850.
In 2003, a massive earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale destroyed this area, killing over 30 thousand people. The Citadel suffered extensive damages. Following the disaster, conservation plans were drawn up to revive the place as an exact replica.