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  • Private sector investing $7.3b in Khorasan Razavi tourism projects 2020-08-31 19:46

    Private sector investing $7.3b in Khorasan Razavi tourism projects

    TEHRAN – Currently, 243 tourism-related projects worth 310 trillion rials (around $7.3 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) are currently being developed in Khorasan Razavi province by private investors. 

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan 2020-08-31 19:46

    We have to hire 300,000 workers to enhance cultural heritage protection: minister

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister has said that his ministry must hire 300,000 workers in a bid to enhance the protection of cultural heritage sites, relics, and monuments.

  • pouya Mahmoudian 2020-08-31 19:45

    Iranian craftspeople, businesses incur $452m loss due to coronavirus

    TEHRAN – Iran’s deputy tourism minister on Thursday said that the handicrafts industry and related businesses across the country have suffered a loss of 19,000 billion rials (some $452 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Children’s tourism company makes debut in Iran 2020-08-30 18:32

    Children’s tourism company makes debut in Iran

    TEHRAN – The first company in Iran specialized in children’s cultural tourism has been registered in the UNESCO-tagged city of Yazd aiming to pay more attention to children and make them happier.

  • If tourism brings us together, then travel restrictions keep us apart: UNWTO Secretary-General 2020-08-30 18:28

    If tourism brings us together, then travel restrictions keep us apart: UNWTO Secretary-General

    TEHRAN – In his latest massage regarding the impact on the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General has said “If tourism brings us together, then travel restrictions keep us apart.”

  • Committee formed to safeguard ancient cisterns, watermills in Meybod 2020-08-30 18:27

    Committee formed to safeguard ancient cisterns, watermills in Meybod

    TEHRAN – A cultural heritage committee has been set up tasked to lay the ground for safeguarding ancient cisterns, watermills, public bathhouses, and qanats (subterranean aqueducts), which are scattered in and around the oasis city of Meybod, central Yazd province.

  • Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram 2020-08-25 21:00

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram

    Tekiyehs (prayer halls) of Bazaar, Golshan, Qaleh, Shariat, and especially Tekiyeh of Bid Abad, which is one of the old Tekiyehs of Shahroud, hold this traditional ceremony with special ceremonies. In this ritual, which begins minutes after sunset, the servants of these Tekiyehs, known as "watchmen", stand in a row in front of the Saqqakhaneh (A small indent in the wall overlooking some passages where water was poured for people to drink and had a kind of religious sanctity), which is called the lampstand. It is also common to play the trumpet to inform local servants during candle and lamp ceremonies. The custodian of the mosque and the elders also stand in front of the lighthouse, and the servants, who are on duty, line up in front of them.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan wears a mask while addressing a press conference in an undated photo. 2020-08-25 19:09

    People’s health is our first priority: tourism minister

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism minister has said that his ministry is in full coordination with the Ministry of Health for strictly implementing health protocols in travel destinations, hospitably centers, and museums, amongst others, underlining that “people’s health is our first priority.”

  • UNESCO-tagged hydraulic ensemble to be dredged 2020-08-25 18:49

    UNESCO-tagged hydraulic ensemble to be dredged

    TEHRAN – A dredging project has started at parts of Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO-registered ensemble in southwest Iran, which is known globally as a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’.

  • Advanced digital mapping starts at UNESCO-tagged Tchogha Zanbil, Haft-Tappeh 2020-08-24 20:58

    Advanced digital mapping starts at UNESCO-tagged Tchogha Zanbil, Haft-Tappeh

    TEHRAN – A new digital mapping has been commenced at the UNESCO-registered Tchogha Zanbil and its nearby archaeological site, Haft-Tappeh, using an advanced low altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

  • Profit or loss? 81 historical sites up for auction to be ceded to private sector 2020-08-24 20:33

    Profit or loss? 81 historical sites up for auction to be ceded to private sector

    TEHRAN – A total of 81 historical sites and monuments across Iran will soon be up for grabs in an auction to be temporarily ceded to the private sector reportedly aimed at achieving higher productivity and better maintenance.

  • National Museum puts ancient medical equipment collection online 2020-08-23 21:59

    National Museum puts ancient medical equipment collection online

    TEHRAN – The National Museum of Iran has put tens of centuries-old medical equipment online in a bid to pay tribute to huge sacrifices Iranian healthcare workers have made during the coronavirus era.

  •  Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti, a member of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, speaks in an undated photo. 2020-08-23 21:47

    'Newly-found skeletons may address bloody conflict during Alexander the Great’s invasion of Persia'

    TEHRAN – A number of human skeletons, recently unearthed from ancient water ducts in Persepolis, maybe related to a bloody conflict between Persians (Iranians) and invaders led by Alexander the Great in c. 330 BC, an Iranian cultural heritage expert said on Sunday.

  • A traveler looks at a massive rock-hewn tomb where a Persian Achaemenid king is laid to rest at the necropolis of Naqsh-e Rostam in southern Iran. 2020-08-22 20:34

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A peek into cemetery tourism in Iran

    Tourism is one of the fastest-growing phenomena in our modern world. It always makes new changes to have unforgettable experiences, to create new travel motivators, and to reach new markets. Such a trend results in new tourist spots which were unthinkable only a few years ago!

  • A painting by French architect Pascal Coste, who visited Isfahan in c. 1840, depicts the main courtyard and two iwans of the Imam Mosque (then the Shah Mosque) in the central Iranian city. 2020-08-22 00:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    On the occasion of World Mosque Day

    Fifty-one years ago, on August 21, 1969, an extremist set fire to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, which is of very high significance for Muslims as once being their first qibla or direction of prayer. The fire swept through an area of nearly 1500 square meters of the mosque, burning an ancient pulpit, altar, arches, pillars, walls, and ultimately causing a collapse.

  • 50 Iranian properties on tentative list of UNESCO 2020-08-19 18:57

    50 Iranian properties on tentative list of UNESCO

    TEHRAN – A total of 50 Iranian properties have already been placed on the tentative list for [possible] inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in the years to come.

  • IranAir to resume Tehran-Madrid flights after 17 years   2020-08-18 21:30

    IranAir to resume Tehran-Madrid flights after 17 years   

    TEHRAN – The Iranian embassy in Spain has announced that the country’s flag carrier IranAir will resume flights after 17 years between Tehran and Madrid.

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan speaks in an undated photo. 2020-08-18 19:10

    Coronavirus costs Iran’s tourism $2.8b so far, minister says

    TEHRAN – Iran’s travel sector has suffered a loss of 12 trillion rials (some $2.85 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Monday.

  • 400-year-old cistern restored in Isfahan 2020-08-17 20:30

    400-year-old cistern restored in Isfahan

    TEHRAN - The historical Tudeshk cistern, a vast subterranean reservoir for storing water in Isfahan province, has been fully restored and is ready to be toured by visitors, researchers, and architecture enthusiasts.

  • ‘Half the world’ Isfahan to embrace another tourism hub 2020-08-17 19:30

    ‘Half the world’ Isfahan to embrace another tourism hub

    TEHRAN – Tepe Ashraf, the sole archaeological hill in Isfahan, which has recently yielded significant evidence of ancient life in the central Iranian city, will be turning into a new tourism destination particularly for researchers, history buffs and people interested in archaeology.

  • Want to take your pet on your next journey to Iran? Here is what you need to know 2020-08-17 00:15

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Want to take your pet on your next journey to Iran? Here is what you need to know

    Though a solid majority of the Iranian people are so emotionally attached to pets, as a traveling pet owner you need to make sure that pets, your best friends, don’t get deported or confiscated at the country’s airports!

  • Safavid-era caravanserai in Semnan being restored 2020-08-16 21:30

    Safavid-era caravanserai in Semnan being restored

    TEHRAN – A team of cultural heritage experts and restorers has commenced work on a Safavid-era (1501-1736) caravanserai, which is located in Lasjerd, north-central Semnan province.

  • Deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri (C) speaks to representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (which is affiliated with the ministry of culture) in Tehran meeting on August 15, 2020. 2020-08-16 18:37

    ‘Diplomacy Package’ to help Iran recover virus-hit tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran is formulating a new initiative called “Tourism Diplomacy Package” to help the tourism sector recover from the coronavirus impact through using diplomacy to accelerate development projects and increase incoming tourists.

  • Jameh Mosque of Urmia undergoes new round of excavation 2020-08-14 21:53

    Jameh Mosque of Urmia undergoes new round of excavation

    TEHRAN – An archaeological project has been commenced on the eastern side of the centuries-old Jameh Mosque of Urmia, which stands tall in the city of Urmia, the capital of northwestern East Azarbaijan province.

  • Persian cuisine: Khoresh-e Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian herb, bean and lamb stew) 2020-08-14 21:52

    Persian cuisine: Khoresh-e Ghormeh Sabzi (Persian herb, bean and lamb stew)

    TEHRAN – Khoresh-e Ghormeh Sabzi is known as one of the most prominent dishes in Persian culinary heritage. The herb stew is loaded with the flavors of several different green herbs and it’s traditionally served atop white rice.

  • First Tehran-Vienna flight since COVID-19 outbreak scheduled for Saturday  2020-08-12 23:31

    First Tehran-Vienna flight since COVID-19 outbreak scheduled for Saturday 

    TEHRAN - Iran’s flag carrier Homa, known internationally as IranAir, is scheduled to resume flights to the Austrian capital, Vienna, following months of suspension over the coronavirus outbreak.

  • A succession of teahouses, restaurants and fruit-conserve stalls are seen in the rocky village of Darband, northern Tehran. 2020-08-12 23:29

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Beat summer heat in these cool destinations near Tehran

    For many people in Tehran, summer vacation may mean to beat the heat at the beach particularly along the Caspian Sea, inside an air-conditioned museum or at a water park, or taking refuge to a cool nearby countryside. For the latter, here are places around the Iranian capital where scorching heat will be nothing more than an afterthought!

  • Another restoration season comes to end on Iran’s ‘Lilliput’ 2020-08-12 23:27

    Another restoration season comes to end on Iran’s ‘Lilliput’

    TEHRAN – The fourth season of restoration work has recently been completed on the mysterious village of Makhunik, which is commonly known as the country’s ‘Lilliput’.

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • Skeleton of another ‘Parthian lady’ discovered in Isfahan 2020-08-11 19:30

    Skeleton of another ‘Parthian lady’ discovered in Isfahan

    TEHRAN – A team of Iranian archaeologists has found what they say is the skeleton of the second Parthian-era (247 BC – 224 CE) lady at the ancient Tepe Ashraf in Isfahan, hoping new range of discoveries offer novel clues about the history of the central Iranian city.