Italy Institute of Restorers Without Borders to Help Restore Persepolis

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:19

Italian experts from Restauratori Senza Frontiere (Institute of Restorers Without Borders) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and Persepolis World Heritage Base to restore Persepolis.

Institute of Restorers Without Borders have joined Iranian heritage authorities to receive their scientific, educational, research and technical assistance to restore the Persepolis historical monument located in Fars Province, , ILNA reported.

"The five-year agreement is focused on documentation, protection and restoration of Persepolis and its surrounding ancient structures," said Kamran Ahmadi, the head of Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

Holding training sessions on protection and restoration of historical monuments, publishing the results of researches in the form of catalogues and establishing a database for heritage sites are also other joint plans covered by the MoU.

Founded by Darius I in 518 BC, Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was devastated by Alexander the Great in 333 BC and has been in ruins ever since.

A magnificent example of Achaemenid architecture, the ruins were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.


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