News ID: 317260
Published: 1139 GMT October 20, 2021

An archeological site museum to be set up in area of Abu Nasr Palace in Shiraz

An archeological site museum to be set up in area of Abu Nasr Palace in Shiraz

Iranica Desk

An archeological site museum is to be established in the area of the historical site of Abu Nasr Palace in Shiraz, according to an official from the southern city’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, the head of Shiraz Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, Rasul Moshtaqian, said the project is on the agenda in order to protect as well as introduce this historical site in Shiraz, the capital city of Fars Province.

An archaeological site museum is defined as a museum conceived and set up in order to protect natural or cultural property, movable and immovable, on its original site, that is preserved at the place where such property has been created or discovered.

Approved by the research section of the department, the implementation of the project will be pursued by Shiraz municipality, he said.

By implementing this project, visitors can view archeological activities and excavations on this ancient site. In this way, the discovered works will be kept and exhibited on their original site.

This ancient site includes the ruins of a majestic palace on a hill that belongs to the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods, Moshtaqian said.

Pointing out that this area has been known as the Takht-e Madar-e Soleiman (The Throne of the Mother of Solomon) in the Islamic period, he said that about a hundred years ago, Abu Nasr, which was the name of a governor of Fars, was applied to this place.

The building was built during the Achaemenid rule, and when the Achaemenid kings were leaving the city of Susa for Persepolis, they stayed in this palace for a while, he said, adding that at other times it was the seat of local governors.

Moshtaqian said that this site once had a very prosperous trade and was located on a commercial highway in southern Iran.

Referring to the archeological excavations carried out with the participation of the University of Chicago in the area of Abu Nasr Palace in 1931-1933, the head of Shiraz Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department said that following the excavations, samples of pottery, pieces of stone vessels from the Achaemenid Period, as well as coins and other works from the Seleucid, Parthian, and Sassanid eras were discovered.

“Based on the mentioned discoveries, it is clear that in this place there was a city or town called Shiraz, in the county of Ardeshir Khoreh, which was not far from the city of Shiraz today,” he said.

There are also very large stone reliefs in this area, depicting seven people in long clothes, each holding a container, and one of them holding a horse and lifting it off the ground, he added.

Pointing out that the ancient site of Abu Nasr Palace was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List in 1932, with the number 13, he said that the department does its best to preserve the historical site.

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