TEHRAN – Cultural heritage museums and historic sites in Lorestan province began reopening on Thursday after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the museums and sites that reopened on Thursday was the eight-tower landmark Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress, which dominates the capital Khorramabad.
“All museums [and historical sites] in Lorestan, including the centuries-old Falak-ol-Aflak fortress, will be open to tourists and visitors from today in accordance with sanitary protocols, ”the CHTN said on Thursday citing the provincial tourism chief Seyyed Amin Qasemi.
Dear visitors should wear face masks and respect social distances, the official noted.
Over the past two days, the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has continued to decline in the Islamic Republic, curbing a stubborn fifth wave of the pandemic, which has seen daily deaths of up to 700 in recent weeks. As of September 22, the figure has fallen to less than 300 as the government has put a lot of effort into vaccinating citizens against the nasty virus.
Lorestan is an area of raw beauty that a nature lover could spend weeks exploring. The region was inhabited by Iranian Indo-European peoples, including the Medes, c. 1000 BC. The Cimmerians and Scythians ruled the area intermittently from around 700 to 625 BC.
One of the most important archaeological finds in the fertile region is the ancient “Luristan Bronzes”, which are known for their eclectic array of Assyrian, Babylonian and Iranian artistic motifs.
Lorestan was incorporated into the growing Achaemenid Empire around 540 BC and was successively part of the Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanid dynasties.