Italians and Spaniards come to the aid of Persepolis
Massoud Rezaei-Monfared, Director of the Persepolis World Heritage Center said the growth of lichen in Persepolis is getting out of hand, and added: “We are unable to solve the problem in one go. We have had lichen in Persepolis ever since it became uninhabited (from 2000 years ago).
Seventeen churches renovated in Iran
Seventeen churches in Iran in need of works are being restored. Iran has numerous churches across the country, many of which have been registered by the Unesco World Heritage Site for their ancient, specific structures. Some of the unregistered ones in need of repairs are also being currently worked on. Restorations have begun on seventeen old churches nationwide; according to the director of World Heritage Center of churches in Iran, 70% of the restoration works has been completed.
Bam Citadel rooftop opens to the public
The Chief of Kerman Cultural Heritage Organization announced: “Fourteen years after the Bam earthquake, sightseers can now watch over the Citadel from its highest point in the governor’s seat.”
Iran and Italy cooperate on Takht-e Jamshid restoration
In the field of documentation and protection and restoration of the works and monuments of Takht-e Jamshid (the throne of Jamshid) world heritage and its cultural visage, Iran cooperates with Italian specialist restorers of historical monuments.
Winged Iranian man remains in Pasargad
A two and a half meter relief of a winged Iranian human is not going to be moved from the Achaemenid area of Pasargad. His position has been fixed and according to the director of Pasargad World Heritage Base, a complete preservation work in a very principled way is carried out in accordance with international standards.
Achaemenid palaces will be roofed
Director of the Unesco World Heritage Site based at Pasargadae announced that Achaemenid palaces will be roofed in a joint project with the Italians.
Hamid Fadaei added: “By doing this, parts of the rock reliefs will be safeguarded in a more fundamental manner.
Iran windmills world heritage
The “asbad” of Iran, or windmills, have been placed on the list of Unesco world heritage sites and will be registered soon.
These windmills are known by some to be the first industrial production of mankind as old as time itself. The “asbad” are the oldest vertical windmills standing in the world, made in eastern Iran.
New discovery in Persepolis
The seventh season of archaeological excavations in the brickwork area of Takht-e Jamshid [Persepolis] have revealed that the design and plan of the newly discovered gate is based on the design and built of the Babylonian Ishtar Gate.
These excavations are aimed at studying the central room and extension wall of the building on the northeastern corner of the gate.
JICA: Tabriz is Asia’s gateway to Europe
Akira Uhara, JICA senior expert for national heritage and tourism has said: “Tabriz is not just a city within the borders of Iran, but it is an important member of the Silk Road corridor and Asia’s gateway to Europe.
Ardestan Grand Mosque registered by Unesco
Unesco World Heritage has placed Ardestan Grand Mosque on its list of buildings to be registered as an historic site. It will be visited in the near future for its compliance with Unesco criteria.
University of Gundi-Shapur first in the world
The University of Gundi-Shapur in Dezful has been placed on the Unesco World Heritage list and formally introduced as the first university and scientific center of the world.
Burnt City at the feet of archaeologists
“Shahr-e Sukhteh” [Burnt City] has been called “a paradise of archaeology” by the famous American scholar and archaeologist Richard Fry. Presently, fourteen Italian and German archaeologists from the University of Salento in Italy are taking part in the sixteenth season of excavations in the ruins of this ancient city in eastern Iran. They will be concentrating mainly on workshops where it is believed that turquoise and Lapis Lazuli beads were cut.