Cultural Heritage

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  • Relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage directorate 2021-05-04 19:30

    Relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage directorate

    TEHRAN – Two Iranian individuals have recently donated 15 relics to the directorate of the cultural heritage and tourism in the southeastern Kerman province.

  • Vali-e Asr St., longest in West Asia, being prepared for possible UNESCO registration 2021-04-04 19:37

    Vali-e Asr St., longest in West Asia, being prepared for possible UNESCO registration

    TEHRAN – Over the past years, Tehran’s Vali-e Asr Street, famed as the longest in West Asia, has undergone countless maintenance works as a prerequisite for a possible UNESCO registration.

  • Prehistorical, Islamic-era relics donated to cultural heritage department 2021-03-07 21:53

    Prehistorical, Islamic-era relics donated to cultural heritage department

    TEHRAN – A total of 16 historical relics, which date back to the prehistorical and early Islamic times, have recently been donated to the cultural heritage and tourism directorate of Kerman province, southeast Iran.

  • Education Ministry plans to promote tourism, preserve cultural heritage 2021-03-07 17:49

    Education Ministry plans to promote tourism, preserve cultural heritage

    TEHRAN – The Ministry of Education plans to develop students’ skills in the field of tourism and help them preserve cultural heritage.

  • Moazzenzadeh Ardebili’s ancestral house to be turned into museum 2021-02-23 19:30

    Moazzenzadeh Ardebili’s ancestral house to be turned into museum

    TEHRAN – The ancestral house of Moazzenzadeh Ardebili’s family, who are known as icons of Islamic eulogy, and azan (adhan), the Muslim call to prayer, is set to be turned into a museum in Ardebil, northwest Iran.

  • Millennia-old relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage department 2021-02-12 23:20

    Millennia-old relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage department

    TEHRAN – Two Iranian individuals have recently donated 14 relics, which are estimated to date from the third millennium BC, to a cultural heritage department in the southeastern Kerman province.

  • Museum of anthropology, cultural heritage to open in northwest Iran 2021-02-05 19:30

    Museum of anthropology, cultural heritage to open in northwest Iran

    TEHRAN – A local history museum dedicated to the anthropology and cultural heritage of the ancient town of Kowsar and its surroundings will soon open its doors to the public in the northwest Iranian town.

  • Persian Gulf Regional Museum inaugurated in southern Iran 2021-02-01 21:35

    Persian Gulf Regional Museum inaugurated in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan on Monday inaugurated a vast museum of cultural heritage and anthropology in the port city of Bushehr, southern Iran.

  • Iranian province says ready to help restore cultural heritage in war-torn Karabakh 2021-01-18 19:12

    Iranian province says ready to help restore cultural heritage in war-torn Karabakh

    TEHRAN – Tourism chief of Iran’s East Azarbaijan said on Monday the province could soon start restoration of cultural heritage sites and monuments in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

  • Iranian, Japanese museums discuss preservation, exploitation of cultural heritage 2021-01-15 15:30

    Iranian, Japanese museums discuss preservation, exploitation of cultural heritage

    TEHRAN - Experts from the National Museum of Iran and the Museum of Teikyo University of Japan have explored ways to enhance cooperation in various museology arenas during a webinar on Wednesday.

  • An incense-burner in the shape of a lion (1000-1100) is on show in the "Literary Excellence" section, demonstrating how texts decorated objects (Photo: © Musee du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Hughes Dubois) 2020-12-16 20:59

    London museum to host major exhibit on Iranian history and arts

    TEHRAN – The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will be hosting a major exhibition on Iranian history and arts.

  • Blogger arrested over cultural heritage misdeed 2020-12-09 22:37

    Blogger arrested over cultural heritage misdeed

    TEHRAN – Iranian police have recently arrested a blogger on the charge of “destroying” historical objects during his excursion to an ancient remote site in Iran’s southeast Sistan-Baluchestan province.

  • Five historical relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage department 2020-11-23 20:00

    Five historical relics donated to Kerman cultural heritage department

    TEHRAN – Residents of Kerman province have recently donated five objects with historical values to the cultural heritage and tourism department of the southwestern Iranian province.

  • Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan 2020-10-28 18:07

    Cultural heritage, tourism in critical situation if coronavirus crises continue: minister

    TEHRAN-Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism will be in a critical situation if the crises caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus continue, Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Wednesday.

  • Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars 2020-09-12 16:40

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Kashan, home to architectural wonders, labyrinthine bazaars

    A photo collection depicts variety of architectural wonders such as atmospheric houses, covered labyrinthine bazaars, public bathhouses, madrasas, caravanserais, mudbrick wind-towers, cisterns, Persian gardens and boutique hotels scattered across the oasis city of Kashan. Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd, to visit its must-see destinations on the edge of one of the most beautiful deserts in central Iran.

  • Nicaraguan envoy visits National Museum of Iran, urges deepening cultural ties 2020-09-09 19:20

    Nicaraguan envoy visits National Museum of Iran, urges deepening cultural ties

    TEHRAN - Nicaraguan Ambassador to Iran Isaac Lenin Bravo Jaen on Wednesday paid a visit to the National Museum of Iran, discussing ways with the museum’s director Jebrael Nokandeh to broaden mutual cultural ties.

  •  An Iranian bronze padlock in the shape of a ram 2020-09-04 18:32

    A brief history of locks, locksmiths in Iran

    TEHRAN – Available evidence suggests that locks have been made in Iran since at least the second millennium BC.

  • 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.

  • Pilgrimage to holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) added to cultural heritage list 2020-08-24 20:33

    Pilgrimage to holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) added to cultural heritage list

    TEHRAN – The spiritual tradition of pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) has been registered on the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.

  • 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!”

  • Relics dating back to Parthian, Samanid eras recovered 2020-08-02 21:10

    Relics dating back to Parthian, Samanid eras recovered

    TEHRAN – Iranian police have confiscated ancient relics from five smugglers and illegal antique dealers in Zanjan, west-central Iran.

  • In-depth study starts on Iran’s UNESCO-tagged ‘village of troglodytes’ 2020-08-02 10:44

    In-depth study starts on Iran’s UNESCO-tagged ‘village of troglodytes’

    TEHRAN – A comprehensive study has been commenced on the UNESCO-registered Maymand in a bid to expand protective measures on this ancient manmade-cave dwelling where the then residents made a living about five or six millennia ago in what is now a village in the southeastern Kerman province.

  • Very quiet and deserted but beautiful: the 12th-century Jameh Mosque of Saveh 2020-07-29 11:39

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Very quiet and deserted but beautiful: the 12th-century Jameh Mosque of Saveh

    Once a very bustling place of worship from 12th century onwards, the Seljuk-era Jameh Mosque of Saveh is now very lonely and tranquil. However, it is still a big source of charm for the faithful, sightseers, and buffs of history and Islamic architecture. The mosque comprises a courtyard, porch, minaret, dome and two archaic altars ornamented with Kufic calligraphic works. The mosque is named after Saveh, where it stands tall in central Iranian city. The terms “Jameh Mosque” or “Masjed-e Jameh” or “Friday Mosque” is used in Iran for a grand communal mosque where mandatory Friday prayers are/were performed: the phrase is used in other Muslim countries but only in Iran does it designate this purpose.

  • Qanat is a gently sloping subterranean canal, which taps a water-bearing zone at a higher elevation than cultivated lands. 2020-07-13 19:30

    Aqueduct heritage in west-central Iran ‘very complex and interesting’, senior archaeologist says

    TEHRAN – The ruins of some 100 qanats (subterranean aqueducts), which are stretched beneath the Buin Zahra plain, west-central Iran, along with their associated cultural heritage are “very complex and interesting”, a senior Iranian archaeologist has said.

  • historical relics 2020-07-12 20:30

    Over 135,000 historical relics retrieved in 39 months

    TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have recovered 135,879 original and fake historical objects from smugglers or illegal diggers over the past 39 months, a senior police official in charge of protecting cultural heritage has said.

  • Discover bizarre landscape most like horror, science fiction movies near Tehran! 2020-07-05 17:07

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Discover bizarre landscape most like horror, science fiction movies near Tehran!

    Not too far from Tehran, the mountainous village of Verdij welcomes tourists who come to regain energy and have fun. It’s an exceptional location at the Alborz mountain range that evokes memories of horror or science fiction movies. Some of its rocks look like skulls. According to legends, these were ghosts which turned into stones!

  • Golestan Palace, Foreign Ministry to cooperate in cultural heritage sphere 2020-06-29 19:28

    Golestan Palace, Foreign Ministry to cooperate in cultural heritage sphere

    TEHRAN – The UNESCO-registered Golestan Palace and Foreign Ministry’s documents center will form a working group to conduct joint studies and exchange experience in the arena of cultural heritage. 

  • Visit Imam Jomeh House solely or on tour of ‘Old Tehran’ 2020-06-07 00:44

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Visit Imam Jomeh House solely or on tour of ‘Old Tehran’

    Imam Jomeh House is a magnificent structure and one of the magnificent buildings that stand tall in the historical core of Tehran. As the name suggests, it was used as the primary residence of Tehran’s Friday prayer leader. The building is comprised of numerous halls and chambers decked out with beautiful plaster moldings. A rectangular pond sandwiched between two columns gives the yard a classic Persian look. Built in the 19th century, the house was originally the residence of Aqa Khan Nuri (nicknamed E'temad-ol Dowleh) (born 1807 – died 1865), who was a politician in Qajar court. Nuri served as prime minister (ṣadr-e aʿẓam) between 1851-58 during the reign of king Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848–1896) Building later was used to be the residence of Imam Jomeh or the Friday Praying Leader before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The house is adjacent to Golestan Palace, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, was built during the Qajar era and embodies the successful integration of earlier Persian architecture with European influence. Dar ul-Funun, which literally translates to ‘polytechnic college’, the grand bazaar of Tehran, the National Museum of Iran, are amongst adjacent destinations you may visit to solely or on a tour of ‘Old Tehran’.

  • Iran calls for return of relics confiscated in Austria 2020-05-03 20:03

    Iran calls for return of relics confiscated in Austria

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts has called for the return of relics, which were discovered from a safety-deposit box of a bank in Austria last year.

  • Tehran Times: an advocate of cultural heritage, travel and folk awareness 2020-05-03 20:02

    Tehran Times: an advocate of cultural heritage, travel and folk awareness

    Iran’s first UNESCO sites registered when the daily was born

    TEHRAN - Since it was established in May 1979, the Tehran Times has put the priority on covering top stories about Iran’s history, cultural heritage, tourism, folk traditions, festivals and arts as well as notifying potential threats in these realms in line with its main mission to air the voice of the Islamic Revolution.