Protecting Taq Kasra from special scaffolding that could collapse-Tehran Times

2021-11-11 07:42:22 By : Mr. EJ Marketing

Tehran-Iraq's Taq Kasra, a masterpiece of Persian architecture, will soon be protected with the help of special scaffolding to prevent it from collapsing.

According to Meyer’s report on Saturday, as an emergency measure, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH) will erect special scaffolding on Taq Kasra to prevent the ancient monument from further collapsing.

Taq Kasra (Ctesiphon Arch) is located 40 kilometers south of Baghdad and was built in the 6th century. It was the largest brick vault and the largest free-standing arch in the world until modern times.

It is part of the Sassanid palace complex, 37 meters high and 26 meters wide. It is a unique monument of great historical and cultural significance.

Taq Kasra posed a very significant protection challenge. The series of partial collapses of the brick vault in 2019 and 2020 demonstrated the urgency of taking stabilization measures.

According to ALIPH, after the conservation assessment ALIPH funded at the request of the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in November 2020, the project will implement the recommended emergency emergency measures.

In order to prevent further collapse, the project will install special scaffolding to support the arch, and install sensors to monitor the monument's cracks. This work was supported by a high-resolution 3D scan funded by ALIPH and prepared by ICONM in January 2021.

"Once the arch is stabilized, the team will develop a complete protection plan."

As early as January, some Iraqi social media users posted photos of Taq Kasra, stating that the vault of the monument partially collapsed, prompting social media activists and cultural heritage lovers to criticize the Iraqi government, which they called "ignorance" of the monument. .

A glimpse of Persian art and architecture under the Sassanid dynasty

The Sassanid dynasty (224-651 AD) is of great significance in Iranian history. Under the Sassanid dynasty, Persian art and architecture experienced a full renaissance.

Buildings usually adopt magnificent proportions, such as palaces in Ctesiphon, Firuzabad and Sarvestan, which are the overall highlights.

Crafts such as metal products and gem carving have become very complicated, but the state encourages scholarships. In those years, Eastern and Western works were translated into Pahlavi, the language of the Sassanids.

The dynasty evolved from Aldahir I and was destroyed by the Arabs between 637 and 651. The dynasty was named after the ancestor of Aldashir I, Sassan.

During the creation of the earliest cultural center of the Sassanid civilization, the archaeological landscape of the Sassanid Dynasty also represented an efficient land use system and strategic use of natural terrain.

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