Earthquake harms historical sites in Iran

Earthquake harms historical sites in Iran

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which struck western Iran on Sunday, caused relatively minor damage to several historic and heritage sites in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces.

"It slightly damaged five historical sites including a Safavid-era caravanserai and a Sassanid-era fortress in the counties of Qasr-e Shirin, Sarpol-e Zahab and Dalahu in Kermanshah province while assessing the damage is still ongoing,” CHTN cited the provincial tourism chief, Jalil Baalai, as saying.

The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Department dispatched several cultural heritage task forces to determine the extent of [possible] damage to each monument, the official said, adding that the five sites can be restored.

UNESCO-registered sites of Bisotun and Taq-e Bostan went unhurt, ISNA reported.

The earthquake caused some cracks in walls of an archaeological museum in Darreh Shahr, Ilam Province, as well, Abolmalek Shanbezadeh, who presides over the province’s cultural heritage department, said.

"Fortunately no damages were inflicted upon display windows and historical objects within the museum," he added.

Initial prospects suggest that over seven historical sites adjacent to neighboring Kermanshah may have suffered considerable damage, Shanbezadeh explained.

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