Historic monuments reflecting nation’s great will: Rouhani

TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) – President Rouhani of Iran visits historic Persepolis saying the site conveys the message of the Iranian nation's great will.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visited the World Heritage Site of Persepolis and called it a great evidence to demonstrate the origin of civilization in Iran.

“These historical monuments want to inform us of Iranian nation’s greatness,” said Rouhani while on an official visit to southern Fars Province on Thursday.

The ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BCE) Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz in Fars Province in Iran.

Elaborating on the benefits of the ancient site, the Iranian president said, “One of the advantages of these monuments is attracting tourists" and urged a national initiative to pave the way for more international tourists to let them know about the beauties of Iran and Iranian culture.

Touching upon the great masonry and decoration performed in Persepolis, President Rouhani added that they contribute to the fact that Iranians have been cradling art and technology since ancient times.

Referring to ascending trend of number of visitors to the ancient site, he expressed hope to that the same trend will continue in the future.

He also reiterated the obligation of the administration to “maintain and protect” the site and “complete” the construction of the facilities around the site.

Persepolis (Persian city) was built by Darius I and his successors over a 50-year period. Spanning an area of over 125,000 square meters, the Achaemenid capital was known for its stunning inscriptions, unique architecture and wooden columns. Persepolis was registered on UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites in 1979.

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