Iran’s holy mount to be registered by Unesco

Iran’s holy mount to be registered by Unesco
ID : N-3823 Date : 2018/12/26 - 11:44

(Persia Digest) -  Khajeh Mount, a historical pre-Islamic place located in eastern Iran and north of the Sistan and Baluchistan Province, is waiting to be registered as a World Heritage Site.

Khajeh Mount, also known as the Rostam Mount or the Mount of Osheida, is the only geographical feature in the plains of Sistan and lies 30 km southwest of the city of Zabol.

In Middle Persian, Osheida means eternal. This trapezoid shaped mountain, which is considered sacred in the three religions of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism, is made of black basalt stones. It stands like an island in the middle of the Hamun Lake 609 meters above sea level. The famous Aswa-Estika motif is one of the figures on the wall of Mount Khajeh.

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Many historical ruins are left around the mount from the Sassanid, Samanid and Parthian eras, and also from the Islamic sites and a Buddhist temple.

The palace of Mount Khajeh is ornamented with murals, stucco, and mud and gypsum reliefs. Most of these valuable works have been destroyed but a number have been unearthed sporadically by archeologists.

The murals depict stories of events that occurred when life was current in the ancient place.

‌The area is highly attractive for pilgrimage tourism from around the world for its sanctity, popularity and significance among Iranians, believers of Zoroastrianism in particular, and the Indian Parsees who emigrated from Iran many centuries ago. Many researchers from all over the globe have been attracted to the Mount Khajeh because of the significant role it plays in historical and archeological studies.

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The second season of archeological studies are currently underway by Iranian and Italian researchers in order to lay the grounds for the registration of Mount Khajeh as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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