Cultural heritage elements in northwestern Iran added to national list

May 1, 2021 - 20:30

TEHRAN - A total of six new cultural elements, which are practiced in the northwestern province of Qazvin, have been registered in the national intangible cultural heritage list.

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts on Saturday announced the inscriptions in an official document it submitted to the governor-general of the province, CHTN reported.

The skill of spinning in Feshgeldareh village, the talent of making Kabargol pickles and stew, the skill of baking bread in the Alamut region, and the ritual of Tabaq-Gardani were amongst entrees to the prestigious list. Furthermore, the name of Hassan Kokabi, who is a master in traditional locksmithing, was inscribed on the list as Living Human Treasure.

Qazvin was once the capital of the mighty Persian Empire, under Safavids, from 1548 to 98. It is a major tourist destination with a wonderfully restored caravanserai-turned-arts precinct, some quirky museums, and a handful of decent eating options. For most travelers, Qazvin is also primarily the staging point for excursions to the famous Castles of the Assassins and trekking in the sensational Alamut Valley.

Also known as the castle of the Assassins, the 12th-century Alamut castle is nestled on top of a peak. It was once a shelter for the followers of Hasan-e Sabbah (1070–1124) who was a spiritual leader of an Islamic sect. In the early 1930s, British-Italian explorer and travel writer Freya Stark described her exploration of the place in her book “The Valleys of the Assassins”.

Qazvin is also home to one of the biggest roofed caravanserais of the country, Sa’d-al Saltaneh caravanserai. Dating back to the Qajar era, it’s a place for discovering tens of Hojreh or shops, cafes, yards, and a stunning mosque. It’s a place for visitors who want to experience the culture, culinary, and hospitality of Iran.



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