World Heritage tag for Uraman, key to tourism development in region: MP

September 16, 2020 - 19:17

TEHRAN- The possible inscription of the Uraman cultural landscape on the UNESCO World Heritage list can play a key role in the tourism development of the region, a member of parliament has said.

Located in the western province of Kordestan, Uraman rural landscape is a candidate for becoming a World Heritage site in 2021.

Stretched on a steep slope in Uraman Takht rural district of Sarvabad County, the village is home to dense and step-like rows of houses in a way that the roof of each house forms the yard of the upper one, a feature that adds to its charm and attractiveness. 

The rich culture of the region along with the pristine nature and its warm-hearted people have always been famous and special, so that the region hosts many domestic and foreign tourists annually, Shiva Qasemipur, who represents Marivan and Sarvabad cities in the parliament, said on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

Earlier this month, Pouya Talebnia, the director of the cultural landscape, announced that a UNESCO assessor will travel to Kordestan by Sept. 21 in order to review the status of Uraman rural landscape for the World Heritage list. 

“That will be the last [field] step for the global registration of Uraman, and the UNESCO evaluator [will probably] recommend us to solve issues within six months, and next year, on such days, a voting session will be held for the registration of Uraman on UNESCO list.”

Iran submitted the UN body a dossier for the Uraman cultural landscape in 2019. Some eighty experts in various fields compiled and developed the dossier in terms of anthropology, archeology and history, natural sciences, architecture, historical documents, and other related fields.

Uraman is considered a cradle of Kurdish art and culture from the days of yore. Pirshalyar, which is named after a legendary local figure, is amongst time-honored celebrations and rituals that are practiced annually across the region.


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