Falak-ol-Aflak steady and in good con­di­tion: of­fi­cial

Tehran Times - - HERITAGE & TOURISM -

TEHRAN — No phys­i­cal threat poses Falak-ol-Aflak, a his­tor­i­cal fortress in west­ern Iran, as a wave of re­cent re­ports on so­cial me­dia hinted that the an­cient brick struc­ture has been partly hurt, a cul­tural her­itage of­fi­cial said on Sun­day.

Also known as Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, the un­miss­able eight-tow­ered mon­u­ment dom­i­nates Khor­ram­abad, the cap­i­tal of Lorestan province.

“Re­gard­ing sci­en­tific re­searches and tech­ni­cal in­spec­tions, the fortress is not con­fronting with a new prob­lem and this valu­able mon­u­ment is in a state of sus­tain­abil­ity,” said Farhad Az­izi who pre­sides over the of­fice of World Her­itage Af­fairs at the Cul­tural Her­itage, Tourism and Hand­i­crafts Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“It stands pretty steady and is in good con­di­tion,” CTHN quoted him as say­ing.

The of­fi­cial re­jected re­ports on so­cial net­works about the de­struc­tion of Falakol-Aflak as base­less and non-tech­ni­cal.

In the past couple of years ago, the his­toric castle was faced with lots of prob­lems that re­solved in close co­op­er­a­tion of provin­cial of­fi­cials by the means of both es­sen­tial and ur­gent re­pair projects, he ex­plained.

A tourist des­ti­na­tion for do­mes­tic and for­eign trav­el­ers, the fortress dates from the Sas­sanid era (224–651). It seems par­tic­u­larly im­pos­ing and dra­matic when flood­lit at night, of­fer­ing pic­turesque views of its en­cir­cling crenel­lated bat­tle­ments.

Falak-ol-Aflak fortress in Khor­ram­abad, west­ern Iran, is lit at sun­set

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