Historical mansion in Qazvin turns into tourism complex

March 9, 2022 - 16:47

TEHRAN-The historical mansion of Yazdiha in the northwestern province of Qazvin has turned into a tourism complex, the head of the Fund for Development of Handicrafts and Handmade Carpet and Revitalization and Utilization of Historical and Cultural Places, has announced.

The Qajar-era (1789-1925) mansion, which was previously ceded to the private sector, has been fully restored, Hadi Mirzai said on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the complex on Tuesday. 

Also known as the Mirianzadeh Mansion, the historical building is one of the monuments owned by the tourism ministry and was used as an office space, and some parts were abandoned for decades, the official explained.

The monument was granted to the private sector for better maintenance and preservation, and after two years of restoration and renovation, it finally becomes a tourism complex, he noted.

Some historical sites and monuments across Iran have been temporarily ceded to the private sector during the past couple of years under the close supervision of the Fund, to achieve higher productivity and better maintenance.

The lack of a sufficient government budget for the restoration of all centuries-old sites is the main reason behind ceding the projects.

In 2019, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts announced that of the numerous historical buildings and structures that are scattered across Iran, some 2,500 ones need restoration.

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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