Silk Road

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  • Tehran’s Ambassador to Beijing Mohammad Keshavarz-Zadeh (R) stands by a Chinese official during a meeting on the collective intangible cultural heritage nations have along the ancient Silk Road. 2020-09-13 19:10

    National Museum of Iran to hold loan exhibits in Chinese cities 

    TEHRAN – The National Museum of Iran will be holding loan exhibits at major museums in some Chinese cities based on a previously-discussed initiative aimed to revive the glory of arts, architectures, and civilizations along the ancient Silk Road.

  • UNESCO provides financial support to restore ancient caravansary in Iran 2020-07-26 21:33

    UNESCO provides financial support to restore ancient caravansary in Iran

    TEHRAN - The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has provided financial support to restore an ancient caravansary, which is located in Savojbolagh county, Alborz province, northern Iran.

  • Iranian silkmakers spin a niche to sustain millennia-old industry 2020-06-30 16:04

    Photo: Mahsa Safari

    Iranian silkmakers spin a niche to sustain millennia-old industry

    Photo collection depicts members of a rustic Iranian family who are breading clusters of silkworms on piles of mulberry leaves in Minudasht county, Iran’s northern Golestan province, on June 28, 2020. It is one scarce family in their village trying to spin a niche around a noticeable supply chain of high-quality material. Each member of the family plays a role in the process. Even youngsters help their parents for instance in the final stage of the silk thread production, where several threads are gathered together to form bundles. The memory of the Silk Road is still alive in the remotest regions of Iran, where the ancient route once passed. Sources say that for some 3,000 years, silk thread produced in Iran has been used to make clothing fabric and for weaving Persian rugs. The Silk Road was a well-connected network of routes which, according to ancient maps, began in China and passed through central Asia before ending in Syria. It served as an important trade route connecting the Mediterranean Sea and China.

  • Hamid Soltanabadian 2020-04-17 18:17

    Manijeh Rezapoor

    Iranian photog takes tour of Asia to cover Islamic sites on Silk Road 

    TEHRAN – Iranian photographer Hamid Soltanabadian embarked on a cycling adventure in 2011 covering 11 Asian countries on the Silk Road to prepare a collection that represents the influence of Iranian and Islamic architecture on the monuments built along the ancient route.

  • Archeological find corroborates Japan-Persia ancient ties 2020-01-14 19:45

    Archeological find corroborates Japan-Persia ancient ties

    TEHRAN – Japan has unveiled a rare discovery of ties between the then mighty empire of the East and people from the then Persia (now called Iran).

  • Travelers visit the historical Rudkhan castle in Gilan province, northern Iran. 2019-12-13 18:12

    Gilan province selected to start Iran’s comprehensive tourism plan

    TEHRAN – The northern province of Gilan has been selected as the first province to start the country’s comprehensive tourism plan, which is to be developed under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

  • Tehran welcomes Showing results for Beijing's initiative to revive glory of ancient Silk Road 2019-12-01 18:39

    Tehran welcomes Beijing's initiative to revive glory of ancient Silk Road

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan has said Iran backs China’s initiative for reviving the glory of ancient Silk Road, which existed for thousands of years, passing through many different empires, kingdoms, reigns and societies throughout history.

  • Gholamhossein Amirkhani 2019-11-24 18:17

    Mashhad to host conference, exhibition of calligraphy on Silk Road

    TEHRAN – Iranian National Commission for UNESCO director Hojjatollah Ayyubi has said that Mashhad in Khorasan Razavi Province will be hosting a conference and exhibition of calligraphy on the Silk Road.

  • UNESCO-invitees tour attractions in Hamedan 2019-09-27 17:41

    UNESCO-invitees tour attractions in Hamedan

    TEHRAN – Participants to a UNESCO meeting, which was held in Hamedan, paid visits to several tourist attractions in the ancient Iranian city.

  • Exhibition on peace along the Silk Roads opens in Hamedan  2019-09-24 18:47

    Exhibition on peace along the Silk Roads opens in Hamedan 

    TEHRAN – A cultural exhibition, revolving around peace and friendship along the famed Silk Roads, opened to the public in the city of Hamedan on Monday. 

  • A poster for the 6th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads 2019-09-21 18:30

    Hamedan to host UNESCO transnational nomination of Silk Roads meeting

    TEHRAN – Iran’s ancient city of Hamedan will host the 6th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads from September 23 to 26.

  • Caravan on the Silk Road, 1380 CE 2019-08-09 18:08

    Silk Road a suitable opportunity to introduce ancient Iran

    TEHRAN – The possible inscription of the ancient Silk Road on the UNESCO World Heritage list will open up a suitable opportunity for Iran to present its cultural, literary, historical and scientific achievements to the world, the secretary general of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO has said.

  • Ciara and Lennart in their camper van (Photo: Maryam Kamyab, July 29,  2019) 2019-08-02 20:13

    By Afshin Majlesi, Mehdi Sepahvand

    Belgian globetrotters share us their new perception of Iran

    TEHRAN – Last Monday, a Belgian couple, who are on an overland journey to China, paid a visit to The Tehran Times, where they let us share their views, experiences and feelings about Iran in a cozy chat with the daily.

  • Chang Hua Chinese ambassador to Iran 2019-07-07 12:16

    By Chang Hua Chinese ambassador to Iran

    Efforts to counter terrorism and extremism in Xinjiang

    TEHRAN - Iran and China have a long history of friendly relations. Iranians are not unfamiliar with Xinjiang either, in 13th century, Saadi Shirazi, the celebrated Iranian poet, traveled to the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang and wrote a beautiful poem. 

  • Tabriz to host major exhibits of tourism, handicrafts 2019-06-19 19:16

    Tabriz to host major exhibits of tourism, handicrafts

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Tabriz, which was once an influential adherent of the Silk Road corridor and a gateway to Europe, is to play host to major exhibits of tourism and handicrafts, IRNA reported.

  • File photo: Iranian and Chinese nationals pose for a photo in the UNESCO-registered Imam Square of Isfahan, central Iran. The picture depicts Safavid-era Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the background. 2019-05-12 20:01

    Chinese travel agents on fam tour across Iran

    TEHRAN – A number of Chinese travel marketers and tour operators have recently finished an eleven-day familiarization tour across Iran with the aim of closely observing tourist destinations, changing natural landscape, local people and their traditions.

  • Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road 2018-11-10 22:45

    Intl. conference cements common heritage along Silk Road

    TEHRAN – A recent conference hosted delegations of experts and officials from Iran and other countries with the aim of cementing common heritage along the ancient Silk Road.

  • China Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen 2018-10-28 17:14

    By Javad Heirannia & Maryam Khormaei

    Beijing supports full membership of Iran in Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Ambassador 

    More work needed to strengthen China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership

    TEHRAN - China Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen hailed the deeply-rooted relations between the two nations. But while expressing support for Iran's full membership in SCO, he underlined the need for more work to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership.

  • A poster for the 3rd international conference of “Archaeology and Conservation along the Silk Road” 2018-10-27 21:34

    Tabriz to host intl. conference of archaeology and conservation

    TEHRAN – Iran’s historical city of Tabriz will play host to the 3rd international conference of “Archaeology and Conservation along the Silk Road” from November 14 to 16, ILNA reported on Saturday.

  • Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon announces winners 2018-10-08 19:00

    Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon announces winners

    TEHRAN – Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth.