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Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty One - 05 September 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty One - 05 September 2023 - Page 3

Astara’s ancient tombstones transferred for preservation, study

In an effort to preserve and study the rich historical heritage of Astara, a city in Gilan Province, five ancient tombstones were relocated to Rasht, the provincial capital, according to the head of the city’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department.
Hassan Kazemi told to ISNA that Astara boasts of numerous ancient cemeteries and mounds, some of which are adorned with tombstones dating back to the pre-Islamic era.
“However, these tombstones have suffered from their dispersed state and, as a result, a comprehensive and in-depth study of them has been lacking,” Kazemi highlighted.
He said that recognizing the significance of these ancient artifacts, the department has taken action to transfer some of the tombstones to a museum in Rasht. Following the completion of necessary administrative procedures and correspondence, the five selected tombstones, originally situated in an open area, have been successfully relocated.
The move aims to ensure the proper conservation and understanding of these historical treasures an shed light on the cultural, artistic, and historical values embedded within Astara’s ancient past.
Kazemi exclaimed, “After undergoing restoration, refurbishment, and meticulous documentation, these magnificent stones will finally be unveiled and displayed in a prestigious museum of Gilan Province, proudly representing the border city of Bandar Astara.
Astara is an Iranian port and border city with several tourist attractions. It is an economic center and the main city for domestic and international tourists on the western coast of the Caspian Sea. This city is the last border point between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
When you walk on the streets of this city, you will notice that the architects have used clay in the construction of house roofs. This type of roof has a decorative aspect; architecturally, it makes the house temperature cooler in summer than the pitch-insulated flat roofs.
Astara is located 75 kilometers from the city of Ardebil.


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