• The skyline of Yazd, a UNESCO-registered city in central Iran 2017-10-16 20:24

    Yazd on way to become first “City of Tourists” in Iran

    TEHRAN – The UNESCO-listed historical city of Yazd has launched a pilot project that could eventually turn it to the first “City of Tourists” in Iran, becoming a role model for other most-visited cities across the country.

  • A view of Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran 2017-10-15 09:01

    82,000 historical objects on show at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – The UNESCO-registered Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran features some 82,000 historical objects inside its museums that add up to its own charm, director of the historical site says.

  • A view of Naqsh-e Rostam 2017-10-12 08:00

    Naqsh-e Rostam: A must-see tourist hotspot in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – A variety of spectacular massive rock–hewn tombs and bas-relief carvings at Naqsh-e Rostam has turned the ancient site to a must-see for holidaymakers traversing Iran. The Achaemenid necropolis is situated near Persepolis, itself a bustling UNESCO World Heritage site near the southern city of Shiraz.

  •  Picture depicts vestiges of a Sasanian-era monument in Bishapour, Fars province, southern Iran. 2017-09-28 07:31

    UNESCO experts in Iran weighing historical Sasanian ensemble

    TEHRAN – Experts from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) accompanied by archaeologists from Germany and Italy visited parts of the historical Sasanian ancient cities and ruins on Wednesday as part of the process for inscribing the ensemble on UNESCO World Heritage List, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

  • قشم 2017-09-20 18:55

    Iran becomes member of UNESCO geoparks committee

    TEHRAN -- Iran became one of the 14 members of the UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Advisory Committee.

  • بازی نمادین چوگان در میدان نقش جهان 2017-09-20 17:56

    Polo to become Iran’s UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: Official

    Polo that originated in ancient Iran, will be part of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the end of the current Iranian year, an official said.

  • UNESCO 2017-09-19 12:14

    International Day of Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All

    On September 20, 2017, UNESCO in cooperation with the Roudaki Foundation, the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and Day Sun Cultural Institute will celebrate the International Peace Day with a public event at Azadi Tower.

  • A photo collection depicts parts of the interior and façade of Boroujerdi-ha House, a 19th-century merchant mansion in Kashan, central Iran. 2017-09-16 18:24

    Boroujerdi-ha House lures travelers with plenty of traditional charm

    A photo collection depicts parts of the interior and façade of Boroujerdi-ha House, a 19th-century merchant mansion in Kashan, central Iran.

  • Tourism ministers and high-profile representatives of various countries pose for a photo during the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, September 13, 2017. 2017-09-14 02:20

    Iran offers ‘best use of communication technologies’ to spur tourism growth

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism chief on Wednesday urged global representatives at a UNWTO General Assembly to make the best use of digital technologies particularly in communication arena as a means for developing worldwide tourism and hospitality sectors.

  • A cluster of World Heritage Volunteers pose for a photo at a lush garden in Yazd, central Iran, on September 6, 2017. 2017-09-13 22:46

    World Heritage Volunteers help raise awareness of Persian qanats

    TEHRAN – A cluster of World Heritage Volunteers has spotlighted essentials to conserve and promote Persian qanats, a UNESCO registered heritage that provides exceptional testimony to cultural traditions in desert areas with an arid climate.

  • A view of Masouleh, a touristic village in northern Iran 2017-09-13 19:27

    Masouleh dossier at final stage for UNESCO tag

    TEHRAN - The process of compiling an all-inclusive dossier for possible inscription of Masouleh, a historical village in northern Iran, has entered its delicate final phase, a cultural heritage official says.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, in southern Iran. 2017-09-11 19:02

    Over 4.9m foreign travelers visited Iran in 2016: UNWTO

    TEHRAN –The number of international tourist arrivals to Iran stood at 4.9 million in 2016, falling 5.6 percent from a year earlier and showing the first decline since 2013, according to the latest UNWTO Tourism Highlights report released on August 15.

  • Scaffolding poles support portions of Takht-e Soleyman, a UNESCO-registered historical site in northwest Iran. 2017-09-09 10:14

    Rehabilitation work restarts at Takht-e Soleyman

    TEHRAN – A new round of restoration works on the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”) in northwest Iran has recently been commenced by a team of Iranian and German experts.

  • An undated photo depicts previously excavated parts of the Great Wall of Gorgan in northern Iran. 2017-09-08 13:53

    Eyeing UNESCO status, Iran’s Great Wall of Gorgan to undergo restoration

    TEHRAN – The ancient Great Wall of Gorgan, northern Iran, is projected to be restored with an eye to get UNESCO World Heritage status

  •  An undated photo shows some troglodyte homes carved out of noticeably eroded rocks in Kandovan village, northwest Iran. 2017-09-05 08:31

    Iran makes leap forward in UNESCO inscription of Kandovan village

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body seeks to remove obstacles for possible inscription of Kandovan village, northwest of the country, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, so as to comply with the UN organization’s requirements and criteria for assuming the privilege.

  • A file photo shows people visiting the three-story Amir Chakhmaq Complex in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-09-05 08:30

    Milad Tower hosting Yazd’s cultural days

    TEHRAN – Yazd Cultural Days opened at the foot of Milad Tower in Tehran on Monday to put the spotlight on rich traditions and attractions of the ancient Iranian city which has recently been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  •  A photo collection depicts some giant models of Iranian UNESCO World Heritage sites at Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum. 2017-09-04 19:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    See Iran’s World Heritage sites in landscaped miniature park

    TEHRAN – For ones who are always short of time but fascinated with rich Iranian cultural heritage - no matter what age they are - visiting Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum, featuring replicas of the country’s most important historical landmarks and landscapes, is a must.

  • Tourists visit a Zoroastrian tower of silence and its adjacent fire temple in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-09-03 08:49

    Yazd on traveler’s radar after getting UNESCO status

    TEHRAN – Tour operators working in Iran and even abroad have lauded the inclusion of Yazd on UNESCO World Heritage list, as a privilege that helps to put the historic city on traveler’s radar worldwide.

  • An undated photo depicts ancient Bam citadel undergoing renovation in south-eastern Iran. 2017-09-02 19:57

    Bam citadel’s giant gateway regaining former glory

    TEHRAN – Restoration work on the giant gateway of Arg-e Bam, a quake-stricken UNESCO-registered citadel in south-eastern Iran, will be completed in October, said the Bam and its Cultural Landscape project manager.

  • Takht-e Soleyman: harmonious sanctuary inspired by natural context 2017-08-30 14:37

    Takht-e Soleyman: harmonious sanctuary inspired by natural context

    A photo collection depicts Takht-e Soleyman (Throne of Solomon) and its cultural landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site in West Azerbaijan province, north-western Iran, on 18 August, 2017.  The 10-ha ensemble includes a principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the 13th century during the Ilkhanid era as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita, an ancient goddess of fertility. Takht-e Soleyman is an outstanding ensemble of royal architecture, joining the principal architectural elements created by the Sasanians in a harmonious composition inspired by their natural context. Tehran Times / Aryan Nasrollahi

  • Photo depicts traditional Lenj vessels being built in southern coasts of Iran. Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf added to the UNESCO list of Intangible 2017-08-26 18:14

    Shiraz to host UNESCO meeting on intangible heritage

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Shiraz will host the coordination meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 Institutes and Centers from September 10 to 12, IRNA reported.

  • An undated photo depicts Turkmen nomads performing a traditional dance at the foot of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower in northern Iran. 2017-08-24 13:56

    Northern cities gear up for intl. tribal culture festival

    TEHRAN – The cities of Gorgan and Gonbad-e Kavus in northern Golestan province will successively host the 11th International Festival of Tribes Culture in early September, ISNA reported on Monday.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to Persepolis, southern Iran. 2017-08-21 20:36

    Open-air museum to be set up near Persepolis

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body aims to build an open-air museum on the ruins of a lately-unearthed archeological site adjacent to the legendary Achaemenid city of Persepolis, south of the country.

  • An aerial view depicts people visiting the 31st Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest, August 17, 2017. 2017-08-19 20:08

    Iranian artisans promote skills at Budapest festival

    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian craftspeople are showcasing their skills at the 31st Festival of Folk Arts, which started on August 17 on open air courts of the Buda Palace, Budapest.

  • An external view of the UNESCO-inscribed Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran 2017-08-07 19:37

    Intl. officials surprised to see Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – Senior officials from sixteen countries visited the UNESCO-inscribed Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran, expressing surprise at the architectural and artistic masterpieces of the historic complex.

  • Iranian police seize pieces of prehistoric relic 2017-08-01 09:40

    Iranian police seize pieces of prehistoric relics

    TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have confiscated six pieces of prehistoric objects from a smuggler’s house in Gonbad-e Kavus, northern Golestan province.

  • Sa’d-ud-Din Mahmud Shabistari 2017-07-31 18:29

    By Mohsen Mohammadi

    Iran, UNESCO to celebrate 700th anniversary of “The Secret Rose Garden”

    TEHRAN – Iran and UNESCO will jointly celebrate the 700th anniversary of the composing of “The Secret Rose Garden” (Gulshan-i Raz), a collection of poems by Iranian mystic and poet Sa’d-ud-Din Mahmud Shabistari (1288–1340), Iran’s Organization of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) announced on Sunday.

  •  An undated photo released by IRNA depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Qareh Klise (the Monastery of Saint Thaddeus) in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province. 2017-07-31 18:09

    Iran to restore its UNESCO-inscribed churches

    In line with the goal of jumpstarting the tourism industry, Iran has allotted some $370,000 to the restoration of the UNESCO-inscribed churches that are located in northwest of the country.

  • Travelers sit overlooking the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan. (Photograph: James Strachan/Getty/Robert Harding World Imagery) 2017-07-30 07:14

    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, cozy and symmetrical

    TEHRAN – The 17th century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, central Iran, is one of the architectural masterpieces of Iranian architecture.

  • Urmia gears up for major handicrafts exhibit 2017-07-25 09:13

    Urmia gears up for major handicrafts exhibit

    TEHRAN – Urmia, the capital of northwestern West Ararzbaijan Province, will host a major handicrafts exhibit from July 31 to August 4.