(Persia Digest) – The Head of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran has announced that a dossier on a collection of historic fortresses will be sent to Unesco for inspection and inscription as national heritages. The dossier includes Alamut Fortress in Ghazvin.

Persia Digest (PD) reports that with thousands of years of history, Iran has a myriad of historic monuments, the most significant of which are its fortresses which are still standing despite the passage of centuries.

Iran has always been a target of invasions, thus leading its emperors to build massive strongholds to defend themselves, their families, government, and cities. Some of these had military usage and others were constructed for the safekeeping of farmers and villagers.

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The Bam Citadel is the best-known Iranian fort as the world’s largest adobe structure and for the deadly earthquake which destroyed 80 percent of it around 16 years ago. But Iran is also home to hundreds of other important, historic fortresses each with its own charm and beauty.

The Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran has now endeavored to introduce one such collection of fortresses in one dossier for Unesco inscription.

The news was announced by the Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran, Ali-Asghar Munesan, on a trip to Alamut in Ghazvin.

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Speaking about the significance of Alamut Fortress as a tourist attraction with its many Iranian and foreign visitors, he said: “We are seeking an investor for a 4 or 5-star hotel in a beautiful spot here called ‘The Laleh of Alamut’. A number of businessmen have already expressed interest in the construction.”

Alamut Fortress is a military fort within a 4-hour drive from Tehran. It has seen many historic periods and adventures in its time and holds many secrets. The fortress was set on fire during the Moghul invasion of Iran.

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