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Special Funding for Persepolis

Special Funding for PersepolisSpecial Funding for Persepolis

The legal procedure to allocate sufficient funds in the annual budget for the Persepolis World Heritage Site was successfully pursued by relevant bodies, said the director of the site Masoud Rezaee Monfared in an interview with Mehr News Agency.

The proposal to allocate a permanent budget to the site was put forward during the visit of the head of Iran’s Management and Planning Organization Mohammad Bagher Nobakht to Fars Province.

As a result of the pursuit, a budget worth 100 billion rials ($3 million) for both sites has been approved.

The cultural heritage deputy of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Mohammad Hassan Talebian and Mehdi Boroumandi, MP from Marvdasht city, Fars Province worked tirelessly to ensure the budget was approved, added the official. “The budget is to be spent on preserving Persepolis, as well as Parseh and Pasargadae.”

  Archeology Projects

Rezaee Monfared elaborated on other plans for Persepolis, including a research on the ruins of the ancient city of Estakhr. “A team of Iranian and Italian experts will commence studies on the ancient city next week.”

The group is led by Dr.  Nasser Chegini, an archaeologist and head of archaeology research institute of ICHHTO.

Another proposed project aims to complete the construction of water canals in Nimeh Tamam and Tachara palaces in Persepolis to drain surface water from the ruins.

Researchers also have a plan to unearth the southern wall of the enormous bedrock of Persepolis, on which the whole site including halls, gateways and palaces are constructed.