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UNESCO director-general visits several Iranian historical sites
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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova takes a look at an Achaemenid bas-relief during her visit to the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia near modern Shiraz, on April 27, 2014. (Mehr/Mohammadreza Dehdari)
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova takes a look at an Achaemenid bas-relief during her visit to the ruins of Persepolis, an ancient capital of Persia near modern Shiraz, on April 27, 2014. (Mehr/Mohammadreza Dehdari)
TEHRAN -- UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has visited several Iranian historical sites registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during her sojourn in Iran. 
 
Bokova visited the Bam Citadel in Kerman Province on Sunday, and said that she was impressed by the special care and attention given by the local people and officials to the site.
 
She added that UNESCO was one of the first UN organizations that rushed to Bam to provide help.
 
Covering an area of 180,000 square meters, the Bam Citadel is located 200 kilometers south of the city of Kerman. The citadel was the world’s largest adobe building, but the site experienced a severe damage caused by a devastating earthquake in December 2003.
 
On her journey to Fars Province, Bokova called Persepolis one of the most magnificent sites ever to be registered on the UNESCO list.
 
Preservation of the numerous historical sites is the major responsibility of the public sectors in each country. However, UNESCO makes its utmost efforts to preserve the world’s cultural and historical sites and documents.
 
The Iranian people must be proud of such a rich heritage and they certainly must feel as such, she added.
 
Bokova also visited the mausoleums of Hafez and Sadi in Shiraz, Fars Province before leaving the city.
 
Her next stop was Isfahan where she visited several historical sites including Chehel Sotun Palace and Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
 
Bokova arrived in Tehran on Friday. She met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and opened an exhibition of a collection of historical maps in Tehran on Saturday.
 
She also visited Tehran’s Golestan Palace complex, a historical site registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
 
The central core of the complex was built during the reign of Safavid king Abbas I (1571-1629). Afterwards, it was further developed by various dynasties that ruled Iran in the following years.
 
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