Abadan Sacred Defense museum in need of investment, minister says

June 25, 2022 - 18:54

TEHRAN – There is a need for more investment in the Sacred Defense Museum Garden in the southwestern city of Abadan, the Iranian tourism minister has said. 

“It is imperative for the museum to receive more funding to flourish,” Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister Ezzatollah Zarghami said on Thursday while visiting the museum. 

While the museum is conveniently located, it lacks proper (public) amenities, the minister added. 

For the museum to become a top tourist destination and attract more tourists, it requires additional investment in the tourism field, he added. 

“Museums like this are part of our national heritage, so people can visit them to learn more about war,” he explained. 

Younger generations must learn about the courage of the soldiers and martyrs of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, he noted. 

There are such museums across the country including the Sacred Defense Museum and the Peace Museum in Tehran.

Back in May, the director of Tehran’s Sacred Defense Museum Ali-Asghar Jafari announced that Iran plans to inaugurate 14 museums dedicated to the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, known as the ‘sacred defense’ by 2025.

“23 sacred defense museums are currently operational in the country, and it is planned to increase the number to 37 by the Iranian calendar year 1404 (starting March 2025),” he said. 

“Remnants from the nation’s resistance, which have been gathered from (former) battle fronts, constitute an important share of our tangible cultural,” the official said.

Last September, a selection of eleven elements and properties involving the Iraqi-imposed war, was added to the national heritage list. Designated from the provinces of Khuzestan, Khorasan Razavi, and East Azarbaijan, the new entries include a customs building, an embankment, an underground hospital, as well as war elements and evidence existing in a mosque, and a garrison, Mehr reported.

The Iranian capital embraces several destinations for those interested in visiting an epitome of frontlines elsewhere from the former battlefields; the Sacred Defense Museum, Tehran Peace Museum, and Behesht-e Zahra—a graveyard where many of the martyrs are buried.

Moreover, the epic-scale Sacred Defense Museum does bargain something different in modern Iranian history where you can delve into wreckages of rockets, tanks, rifles, vessels, mortars, radars, air defense systems, grounded jets, military supplies, and artillery pieces amongst others.

It is equipped with a state-of-the-art visual system including projections and video walls, while audio recordings relevant to each period contribute to its charm. The recreation of the liberation of the city of Khorramshahr by the means of virtual exhibits and video projections is among the main features of the museum where stands a replica of the Khorramshahr mosque adorned with creamy and turquoise patterned tiles.

Some avid travelers say they are not just interested in visiting live or former warzones out of curiosity. In fact, what motivates them is guessing the stories of people who lost their lives, were displaced, wounded, captured, or lost their loved ones in those bitter moments of the history of mankind.



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