Cultural Heritage

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  • 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.

  • Tehran to hold virtual workshop on geotourism 2020-04-08 01:16

    Tehran to hold virtual workshop on geotourism

    TEHRAN – Tehran province’s department of cultural heritage, tourism, and handicrafts is scheduled to hold a virtual workshop on geotourism today.

  • Photo depicts an Achaemenid-era capital on show at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran. 2020-04-04 19:50

    ICOM calls for urgent relief funds to tackle impact of coronavirus

    TEHRAN – The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has called on policy and decision-makers to urgently allocate relief funds to tackle the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on museums and their staff as an essential part of the identity of the peoples and nations.

  • Iran museums, historical sites shut down amid fears of virus outbreak 2020-02-23 20:57

    Iran museums, historical sites shut down amid fears of virus outbreak

    TEHRAN – Iran has temporarily closed cultural heritage museums and historical sites in 15 provinces in a preventive measure amid fears of coronavirus outbreak.

  • Iran deputy tourism minister Mohammad-Hassan Talebian (R) and Croatian Ambassador to Tehran Drago Štambuk pose for a photo during a meeting in Tehran, January 20, 2020. 2020-01-22 18:36

    Iran proposes Croatia to join UN-recognition of Noruz

    TEHRAN – Iran has put forward Croatia a proposal to join a multinational dossier for Noruz that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has approved for Iran and several other countries.

  • Heritage museum inaugurated in ancient city of Izeh 2020-01-18 18:44

    Heritage museum inaugurated in ancient city of Izeh

    TEHRAN – Iran’s deputy tourism minister on Friday inaugurated a cultural heritage museum in Izeh, southwestern Khuzestan province, with the aim of introducing the rich history and culture of the ancient city.

  • Japanese tourists visit Iran’s Persepolis, 460 miles south of Tehran (Copyrightfile/AP-VAHID SALEMI) 2020-01-07 19:31

    Intl. museums, archeologist condemn Trump’s threat to hit Iranian cultural sites

    TEHRAN – The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the American Alliance of Museums, and a renowned Polish archeologist have condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent statements on threating to target Iranian cultural sites.

  • Tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan addresses the 4th Yalda Commemoration at the Niavaran Cultural-Historical Complex in northern Tehran, December 19, 2019. 2019-12-21 18:24

    Yalda is a beautiful manifestation of Iran’s cultural heritage: tourism minister

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister has said that Yalda Night is a beautiful manifestation of Iran’s intangible cultural heritage.

  • Rome’s ambassador to Tehran Giuseppe Perrone speaks in an undated photo 2019-12-17 19:44

    Tehran, Rome seeking enhanced cultural heritage co-op, Italian envoy says

    TEHRAN – Italian ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone on Monday said that the two countries are in talks to deepen bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of cultural heritage.

  • Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan (R) meets with Uzbekistan’s ambassador in Tehran Bakhodir Abdullaev at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, December 3, 2019. 2019-12-04 20:41

    Tehran, Tashkent discuss enhanced tourism, cultural heritage co-op

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan and Uzbekistan’s ambassador in Tehran Bakhodir Abdullaev exchanged views to strengthen mutual ties in the arenas of tourism, cultural heritage, and handicrafts.

  • A poster for the conference “Women’s Place in Iranian-Islamic Civilization” 2019-12-02 19:02

    Tehran conference to explore women’s role in Iranian-Islamic civilization

    TEHRAN – A conference titled “Women’s Place in Iranian-Islamic Civilization” will be held in Tehran on February 24 and 25, 2020, aiming to discuss women’s duties throughout the Iranian history. 

  • Tehran-Rome co-op gains momentum following Islamic Revolution, Italian envoy says 2019-11-17 19:47

    Tehran-Rome co-op gains momentum following Islamic Revolution, Italian envoy says

    TEHRAN – Decades of Tehran-Rome collaboration in the arenas of archaeology and cultural heritage has gained momentum following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Italian Ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone said on Sunday.

  • Bastak petroglyphs to go on show at National Museum 2019-11-17 09:57

    Bastak petroglyphs to go on show at National Museum

    TEHRAN – Two of the Bastak petroglyphs, which bear ancient maritime figures, will go on display at the National Museum of Iran in order to highlight cultural heritage of the southern Hormozgan province.

  • People visit the monumental Gate of All Nations in the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, Fars province, southern Iran. 2019-11-15 18:59

    Iran, Italy to mark 60 years of collaboration in cultural heritage

    TEHRAN – Iran and Italy will mark 60 years of collaboration in the fields of cultural heritage and archaeology in a conference, which will be held on Sunday at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran.

  • From generation to generation: The art of Tanbur in Kermanshah 2019-11-10 18:26

    From generation to generation: The art of Tanbur in Kermanshah

    Tanbur, a long-necked fretted lute, is an inseparable part of the lives of the Kurds in Iran, so much so that the children learn how to play it before they learn how to read and write.