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Decision : 28 COM 14B.27
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Pasargadae)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes Pasargadae, Islamic Republic of Iran, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv):

Criterion (i): Pasargadae is the first outstanding expression of the royal Achaemenid architecture.

Criterion (ii): The dynastic capital of Pasargadae was built by Cyrus the Great with a contribution by different peoples of the empire created by him. It became a fundamental phase in the evolution of the classic Persian art and architecture.

Criterion (iii): The archaeological site of Pasargadae with its palaces, gardens, and the tomb of the founder of the dynasty, Cyrus the Great, represents an exceptional testimony to the Achaemenid civilisation in Persia.

Criterion (iv): The ‘Four Gardens’ type of royal ensemble, which was created in Pasargadae became a prototype for Western Asian architecture and design.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Properties: Pasargadae
Year: 2004
Decision Code: 28 COM 14B.27