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'Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture' Film Screening

  • Ian Potter Centre - NGV Australia Federation Square Melbourne 3000 Australia (map)
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Taq Kasra, also known as the Arch of Ctesiphon, is considered the largest brick vault in the world. The iconic palace is a symbol of the Persian Empire in the Sasanian era (221–654 AD), when a major part of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) was part of Persia.

The mysterious monument was abandoned after the Arab invasion of Persia (Iran) in the 7th century AD but has remained a source of inspiration for archaeologists, poets, and other travellers. Today, the monument is part of the shared memory of both Iran and Iraq.

Taq Kasra was in serious danger of ISIS attacks in 2015–16 and this was the main motivation for documentary-maker Pejman Akbarzadeh, based in Holland, to travel to Iraq at that time and film the arch before it was potentially destroyed.

'Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecure', the first-ever documentary film about this arch, explores various aspects of the site with respected architects, archaeologists, and scholars from around the world. The film also portrays the huge impact of the 20th-century wars and ideological policies on this ancient building.

Watch the trailer here.


This free public screening of 'Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture' will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Pejman Akbarzadeh facilitated by Dr Ali Mozaffari from the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and Associate Professor David Harvey from Aarhus University, Denmark.

This screening is part of the 'Cultural Stability or Conflict: Border-Straddling Heritage in West Asia' Symposium hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute on 31 January. For more details please contact adi-admin@deakin.edu.au.