12 ancient sites to go in western Iran; Tehran Times

From the coasts of the Persian Gulf to the lush mountainous forests of the northwest, and from snow-tipped northern cliffs to scorching southern deserts, here is a pick of ancient sites to inspire, delight and motivate if willing to visit wild western Iran.

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Northwest Iran: A verdant realm of ancient churches & monasteries; Afshin Majlesi; Tehran Times

To the untrained eye, Iran’s earliest churches may seem modest structures to some but they bear testimony to a vast panorama of architectural and decorative scenes associated with Armenian culture blended with other regional cultures: Byzantine, Orthodox, Assyrian, Persian and Muslim.

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Tricky waterproof repairs cast doubt over fate of Iranian architecture masterpiece; Tehran Times

Many visitors to the 17th-centyry Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, a top masterpiece of Iranian architecture that stands tall in Isfahan, witnessed last month that its picturesque creamy dome was emerged split-face from a snowfall.

Source: Tricky waterproof repairs cast doubt over fate of Iranian architecture masterpiece

German sightseers visiting Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province; Tehran Times


A nine-member group of German sightseers has commenced an excursion to southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, which is amongst Iran’s lesser-known destinations.

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11 must-see sights of the Middle East and North Africa; Omar Sharif; Gulf News

Cultures and civilisations in region are measured in millennia, not centuries…

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Discover “Dome of Soltaniyeh”, 14-century architectural marvel in Iran; Tehran Times

The UNESCO-listed Mausoleum of Oljaytu, which is commonly known as “Dome of Soltaniyeh” (Soltaniyeh Cupola), is one of Iran’s must-visit destinations for those interested in traditional Persian and genuine Islamic architecture.

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What Trump Didn’t Know About Cultural Locations in Iran; Ann Wright; Consortium News

Occupying forces are required to protect numerous buildings and sites, says Colonel Ann Wright. Medical facilities are also protected, but economic sanctions are harming and killing citizens by other means. President Donald Trump’s comment about bombing…

Source: What Trump Didn’t Know About Cultural Locations in Iran

The beauty and history of the cultural sites in Iran that Donald Trump threatened to bomb; Surabhi Narendranath; Indian Express


The tombs, minarets and mosques that dot Iran mirror several forms of Persian architecture, art and calligraphy.

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Cyrus the Great and Persian control of the Middle East; Daniel Peterson; Deseret News

Cyrus’ empire is the first known multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual and multireligious state. Wisely, he respected local cultural, religious and administrative practices, which gained him considerable support from the subjects of his vast domain…

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Why Targeting Heritage Is a Crime Against Humanity; Hugh Gusterson; Sapiens

Trump’s threats to Iran’s cultural treasures are the latest in a long history of such tactics. Thousands of artistic and architectural marvels have been destroyed in wars—a travesty that must be stopped.

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What to Do and What to Visit in Iran; Iran Front Page News

Iran is a beautiful destination that offers a wide variety of historic sites, delicious foods, and unique activities. It also offers beautiful countryside and captivating mountains.

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Iranian cultural sites as political targets; Gina Fairley; Arts Hub

While Australia fights to save its cultural assets after bushfires, the USA threatens to destroy cultural sites across Iran.

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Iran tourism will rebound despite suffering a severe blow: minister; Tehran Times

Iran’s tourism minister on Sunday said that the country’s tourism industry has suffered a major setback but it will certainly return to “normal”.

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The end of history in Trump’s sights; Jane Bradley; Scotsman

Images of clouds of thick black smoke and dust billowing up above where an ancient monument once stood shocked the world less than five years ago when a 2,000-year-old temple was shelled by Islamic State in Syria.

Source: Insight: The end of history in Trump’s sights

Maymand: A very old village of troglodytes; Tehran Times

The term “cave dwellers” conjures up prehistoric images in your mind when caves served as one of the earliest dwellings for human beings. Here we want to take a look at Maymand, an exemplar manmade-cave dwelling in southeast Iran, where people made a living about five or six millennia ago.

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eThekwini museum researcher fears for Iran’s heritage sites after Trump’s threats; Duncan Guy; Ethekwini

Source: eThekwini museum researcher fears for Iran’s heritage sites after Trump’s threats | Independent on Saturday

Iran’s cultural heritage sites have long been unifying forces for the U.S. and Iran; Christopher Woods; Dallas Morning News

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Trump’s threat to Iran’s antiquities sets off global uproar; Sarbas Nazari; Al Monitor

With 24 recognized sites, Iran is most heavily represented Middle Eastern country on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.

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Iran’s 24 World Heritage Sites Are Safe. Learn More about Five of Them; Richard Akuson; Humanist

Highlighting five of the most notable—among two dozen—UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran.

Source: Iran’s 24 World Heritage Sites Are Safe. Learn More about Five of Them. – TheHumanist.com

More than bricks: How international law protects cultural sites; Mia Swart; Al Jazeera

International law experts react to Donald Trump’s threat to attack Iranian cultural sites.

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