Saturday, 01 February, 2020

UNESCO Registers Shush Ancient City as World Heritage

The ancient city of Shush in Khuzestan Province, Iran was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Today, July 4, 2021 is a historic day for Iran as its renowned ancient city of Shush is inscribed to the world heritage list of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO’s world heritage committee, at its 39th session taking place in Bonn, Germany announced the inscription of the Shush to the heritage list.

A number of UNESCO experts visited Shush in November 2014 to consider inscribing this historical city in the UNESCO’s 2015 heritage list.

World heritage status is given to natural and cultural sites across the globe considered to be of outstanding universal value, meaning sites which possess cultural and natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and are of common importance for present and future generations.

Germany is hosting the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee from 28 June to 8 July 2021 in Bonn.

About Shush

Shush (Susa) is an ancient city, filled with amazing beauty, mystery and history. This ancient city dates back to approximately 4000 B.C., is located in the Province of Khuzestan, and has been under the reign of Babylonian, Persian and Greek Empires.

The archaeological site of Shush which covers 400 acres of land is home to numerous monuments belonging to various periods of time. Shush is one of the most famous historical cities in Iran that once served as the capital for the Elamite Empire as well as the winter capital for the Achaemenid Empire.

It is widely believed that the first distinct people to emerge on the Iranian Plateau were the Elamites, who established a city at Shush. Shush, the ancient capital of Elam and the Administrative capital of the Achaemenid King Darius and his successors (521-331 B.C.), was a royal residence and the eastern terminus of the Persian Royal Road that ran westward approximately 1,600 miles.

This ancient city was an important trade center and the source of legal development in the region. One example is the time frame in which Shush was under the reign of the Greek Empire. During this period, Shush became a colonial city-state and was named Seleucia on the Euleaus. After the Greek Empire was pushed out of Shush, the city continued to be an important city and trade center.


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