Tag: IR – The Persian Qanat

Minister visits ancient qanat, says it symbolizes identity of hard-working men; Tehran Times

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As one of Yazd’s most important attractions and wonders, the Qanat of Zarch is a symbol of culture, civilization, and identity of hard-working people in central Iran, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ezatollah Zarghami has said.

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Iran’s Underground ‘Qanat’ Channels Are Ingenious Ancient Solutions for Sourcing Water; Loukia Papadopoulos; Interesting Engineering

The Persian qanats added to Unesco’s World Heritage list two years ago, consist of an ancient system of water sourcing underground tunnels. The 3,000-year-old ingenious channels still provide a reliable supply of water for some of Iran’s most arid regions…

Source: Iran’s Underground ‘Qanat’ Channels Are Ingenious Ancient Solutions for Sourcing Water

Funds Allocated to Restore 11 Qanats; Financial Tribune

Iran – The Persian Qanat

The government has earmarked 300 billion rials ($7.9 million) for the next fiscal year (starts March 21, 2017) for the restoration and preservation of 11 qanats inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List last year under the name “Iran’s Ancient Qanat System”.

“Each qanat will receive a specified amount of money depending on factors such as their location, tourism capacity and level of restoration,” Mohammad Hossein Talebian, a deputy for cultural heritage at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Qanats are underground aqueducts first used by Persians c. 1000 BC. These structures were used to transfer water from aquifers in highlands to the surface at lower levels by gravity. Historians believe the qanats of Iran were built on a scale that rivaled the great aqueducts of the Roman Empire.

 

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