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Pasdaran finally leave the castle.

The Cultural Heritage Organization has finally come up with the money demanded by the Pasdaran to get the troops to vacate an historic castle, which is a national heritage site.

The Falak ol-Aflak Castle was built during the Sassanid period (224-651 CE) on a hill, surrounded on two sides by a river, in Khorramabad in western Iran. It is one of the most important structures remaining from the pre-Islamic period of Iran, built of bricks, stones and wood.

Iran's heritage authorities wanted to prepare the castle as a world heritage site, but the Pasdaran demanded $16.5 million to leave the historic property.

The official government news agency IRNA reported November 9 that the Cultural Heritage Organization has now put together the final installment.

Falak ol-Aflak, also known as Shapur-Khast fortress, served as a prison until 1968, when the government of Mohammad-Reza Shah converted it into a museum. Radio Farda said it is not clear exactly when the Pasdaran and Army occupied the castle, but the Army vacated it earlier, responding to the request of national heritage authorities and without demanding any payment.

The hill and the castle are now located at the center of Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province. The foundation of the structure measures 300 by 400 meters (1,000 feet by 1,300 feet). Caption: Falak ol-Aflak in Khorramabad

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Title Annotation:Culture: From then to now
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Dec 20, 2019
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