Emergency restorations in Kermanshah

Emergency restorations in Kermanshah
ID : N-688 Date : 2017/11/20 - 20:05

(Persia Digest) – In a visit to the historic sites of the Kermanshah earthquake-stricken areas, the Deputy of Cultural Heritage of Iran said emergency restorations to damaged historic buildings in Sarpol-e Zahab and Ghasr-e Shirin will begin tomorrow.

As reported by the official News Agency IRNA, the Deputy of Cultural Heritage Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, while visiting the historic sites of “Taghgara” 15kms away from Sarpol-e Zahab, Abdollah ibn Omar Mosque, Abudjaneh Mausoleum in Dalahu village, Khosrow and Chaharqabi buildings in Ghasr-e Shirin, and the Anobanini rock relief also in Sarpol-e Zahab, said: “We are visiting this area in order to carry out emergency restorations and set up protective measures for the historic buildings damaged in the deadly earthquake on 13 November 2017.”

He added: “The protection and restoration of damaged buildings will begin as soon as workshops are equipped and teams are dispatched. Of course, the detailed restoration program will have to be approved by the technical council of the Cultural Heritage Organization; but, emergency teams will enter the area as from 20 November.

Talebian went on to say: “We have master restorers in this field and we can also get help from the locals, leading to job creation.”

The Deputy of Cultural Heritage pointed to the necessity of emergency restorations for the protection of ancient monuments, and added: “These buildings constitute an important identity for this area. Some of them have suffered damages that need to be addressed to avoid further destruction in the aftershocks.”

The “Taghgara” monument has been spared damages, but 5% of the western walls and ceilings of “Zij-e Manijeh” in Sarpol-e Zahab have been damaged, a wall of “Gabri Fort” in Sarpol-e Zahab has collapsed and 7% of the rest of the building has also been damaged. The “Abudjaneh” mausoleum and Abdollah ibn Omar Mosque in Rijab are also two sites which have been more extensively damaged in the quake. Abdollah ibn Omar Mosque dates back to the advent of Islam or the mid-Islamic period and is of important value regarding its design and plans.

Ghasr-e Shirin caravanserai is another important historic building on the Silk Road which has been damaged. The Palace of Khosrow has also sustained 2-3% damages.

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