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Iran’s Bam Citadel Taken Off “Heritage in Danger” List

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(Ales.kocourek)PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA—Iran’s ancient citadel of Bam has been removed from the list of “World Heritage in Danger” at the annual session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization committee. Bam was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2003, but the “remains of the desert citadel, which reached its apogee from the seventh to eleventh centuries, had been sufficiently stabilized and its management was sound enough for the site to be declared safe,” read a statement issued by UNESCO. The Silk Road building was once the largest adobe structure in the world.