Mounesan added that the ministry’s experts are investigating the news that some parts of Taq Kasra has collapsed.

In recent days, some people published pictures of the Persian-made monument in Iraq that showed that some parts of its ceiling have collapsed.

The minister said that the monument is of great significance for Iran; it belongs to the history of the world and humanity, not just one country, adding that due to the problems caused by wars, Iraq has not been able to pay careful attention to its cultural heritage.

Taq Kasra, also known as Ivan Madaen or the Archway of Ctesiphon, are names given to the remains of a circa 3rd–6th-century Sassanid Persian monument, which is located near the modern town of Salman Pak, a city located approximately 15 miles (24 km) south of Baghdad.

The arch of the monument was part of the imperial palace complex, however, the exact time of its construction is not known with certainty. Some historians believe the founder is Shapour I who ruled Persia from 242 to 272 CE and some others believe that construction possibly began during the reign of Anushirawan the Just (Khosrow I) after a campaign against the Byzantines in 540 CE.

Ctesiphon served as the winter capital of the Parthian Empire and later of the Sassanid Empire. Classical writers claimed that Ctesiphon was founded by the Parthian king Vardanes. The first reliable mention of Ctesiphon, however, is as a Greek army camp on the east bank of the Tigris River opposite the Hellenistic city of Seleucia, according to Britannica.

Source: Iran Daily