EU designates Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. as World Heritage asset; Tehran Times

The Horizon 2020, which is a massive EU research and innovation program, has recently registered the 17th-century Naghsh-e Jahan Square in the city of Isfahan as a World Heritage asset with the goal of making world-firsts more known and lucrative, IRNA reported on Friday.

Source: EU designates Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. as World Heritage asset

Easing lockdown, Iran reopens UNESCO-registered Persepolis,  other tourist destinations; Tehran Times

Iran has recently reopened the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire, as well as many other tourist destinations to sightseers and history buffs, marking another phase in the easing of one of the world’s restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak.

Source: Easing lockdown, Iran reopens UNESCO-registered Persepolis,  other tourist destinations

Over 30 sites in Sistan-Baluchestan added to national heritage list; Tehran Times

Some 34 historical and natural sites in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan have recently been inscribed on the national heritage list, ISNA reported.

Source: Over 30 sites in Sistan-Baluchestan added to national heritage list

59 properties in Yazd added to National Heritage List; Tehran Times

Fifty nine historical and natural sites in the central Iranian province of Yazd have been inscribed on the National Heritage List, provincial tourism chief has said.

Source: 59 properties in Yazd added to National Heritage List

Historical monuments undergo restoration in northwest Iran; Tehran Times

Five historical buildings and structures in northwestern East Azarbaijan province were restored during the previous Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 20).

Source: Historical monuments undergo restoration in northwest Iran

Iran marks national Shiraz Day; Zahra Mirzafarjouyan; MEHR News

The 15th day of Ordibehesht in Persian calendar that falls on May 4 this year has been designated as Shiraz Day due to its historical and cultural importance as well as its unique beauty.

Source: Iran marks national Shiraz Day

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

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.

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

‘World’s longest qanat’ under restoration in central Iran; Tehran Times

A restoration project has been commenced on sections of Zarch Qanat in central Iran, which had been harmed by recent flash floods. Widely known as the world’s longest subterranean aqueduct, the qanat is stretched some 80 km across Yazd province.

Source: ‘World’s longest qanat’ under restoration in central Iran

Shushtar Hydraulic System: The Oldest Engineering Masterpiece in World; Tasnim News Agency

The Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System dates back to the 3rd century CE and includes parts that are datable to the 5th century BC.

Source: Shushtar Hydraulic System: The Oldest Engineering Masterpiece in World – Tourism news – Tasnim News Agency

Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site; MEHR News Agency

Build some 2,500 years ago by the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis is one of the unique historical sites in Iran and in the world. The site has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage since 1979. These photos, recently taken from the ancient city in Fars province, is being released on the occasion of World Heritage Day on April 18.

Source: Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site

UNESCO-registered sanctuary draws 60,000 visitors in year; Tehran Times

Some 60,000 travelers visited Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”), an ancient isolated sanctuary in northwest Iran, during the past Iranian year 1398 (ended March 20).

Source: UNESCO-registered sanctuary draws 60,000 visitors in year

What is The Significance of Susa For World Heritage?; Al Bawaba

Apart from what our goals for traveling could be, it lets us experience diverse wonders, cultures, history, foods and beauties from around the world.

Source: What is The Significance of Susa For World Heritage? | Al Bawaba

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.

Source: 12 ancient sites to go in western Iran

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.

Source: Northwest Iran: A verdant realm of ancient churches & monasteries

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.

Source: German sightseers visiting Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province

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.

Source: Discover “Dome of Soltaniyeh”, 14-century architectural marvel in Iran 

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

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…

Source: Cyrus the Great and Persian control of the Middle East

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.

Source: Why Targeting Heritage Is a Crime Against Humanity

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.

Source: What to Do and What to Visit in Iran | Iran Front Page