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24 Iran historical attractions in UNESCO World Heritage Site

On the first days of July 2019, news has published about Iran 9th rank in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The news shows a higher number of registered historical heritages of Iran on the list. But what is the reality of World Heritage Lists? Which of the historical places of Iran has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site? 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is containing of a cultural and natural place which has listed by a special committee. The listed heritages belong to all humanities and everyone is responsible for keeping them not only the hosted country.  

Now here GoodIran.com wants to introduce you about the 24 UNESCO Heritage sites of Iran. if you are interested to know more about the History of Iran, then please keep reading the following article.

Zeegourat-e-Choghazanbeel 

(Khuzestan Province) 

Year: 1997

Cultural monument 

The very first registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Coghazanbel has goes back to 1250 years BC. Zegoorat-e-Choghazanbeel was an ancient worship place located in Khuzestan province. the archeologists have known the Choghazanbeel as the oldest and the first ancient worships in Iran history. The very first worship place was made near to Shooshtar ancient city which was previously one of the magnificent structures on the time. 

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Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid)

(Fars Province)

Year: 1979

Cultural monuments

Takht-e-Jamshid, Parseh, Persepolis, was the name of the capital of awesome Achaemenids located in Fars province. the building has built by 1st Dariush and others have added to the main building. Many of Archaeologists knowledge is based on the stone scripts and bolded patterns on Persepolis walls. All Archeologists believe the building has buried by Alexander the Macedonian and many antiques destroyed. 

The Naqsh-e-Jahan Square

(Isfahan Province)

Year: 1979

Cultural Monuments

The Naqsh-e-Jahan Square in name of a square that belongs to the Safaviyeh period. Many Mosques, the building of Isfahan is for the Safaviyeh period. The available monuments include of Imam Mosque, Sheykh-Lotfilah Mosque, Ali-Qapo building, Sardar-e-Qeysariyeh around the monuments you can see about 200 double-deck stores all around the square. By walking in the Naqsh-e-Jahan Square you can see stores full of handicrafts and souvenirs of Isfahan. Naqsh-e-Jahan Square has been listed in the UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. 

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Takht-e-Solyeman

(West Azarbayjan)

Year: 2003

Cultural Heritage

Takht-e-Soleyman is an ancient building in west Azarbayjan with a history of the Parthian period it was said the main building has completed by the Sassanid and Patriarch period. Many people believe the fireplace building was the capital of the Sassanid period and later has uses as a worship place. The building has built beside a lake and it was said that the building has been destroyed by Rome emperor Heraclitus. 

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Arg-e-Bam

(Kerman Province)

Year: 2003

Cultural Heritage

The Arg-e-Bam in Kerman province was a huge brick made building with yearly thousands of visitors travel to see the fantastic history of Iran. but because of hitting earthquake, the Arg-e-Bam was listed as an endangered monument in UNESCO Heritage Site. Fortunately, after repairing the building it has been removed from the endangered list and returned to the brick made monuments since 2004. 

Pasargad Monuments complex 

Fars Province

Year: 2004

Cultural Heritage

The complex is containing remained Archaemenids monuments in Fars province. the heritages such as Koroosh Tombs, Pasargad ancient garden, Kakh-e-Darvazeh, Kambojeyeh Tomb, two Palaces, Fountains, Mozafare Caravanserai, Bar Aam Palace, special palaces, defense buildings, and holy environments. The Cultural Heritage was listed since 2004 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gonbad Soltaniyeh

(Zanjan Province) 

Year: 2005

Cultural Heritage

The Gonbad Soltaniyeh is Soltan Mohamad Khoda bande Tomb the Patriarch King. At first, was his order for transferring Imam Ali and Imam Hossein to that place but then he gave up due to the dream. The building itself is fascinating and huge. The main building was made octagonal each one has a minaret. The dome is decorated by turquoise. The building is located near to east of Zanjan province. 

Beston Inscription

(Kermanshah Province)

Year: 2006

Cultural Heritage

The Beston Inscription is the biggest world inscription that was ordered by 1st Dariush. The inscription is a description of victory over rebels and most important which remained of that era. The inscription has located in Kermanshah Hillside and historically important. The remained monuments were listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.

Iranian Armenian monuments complex

(West & East Azarbayjan)

Year: 2008

Cultural Heritage

Include of 3 churches of Ghareh church, Estephanous Church, and Zoor Zoor Church

The sets of Iranian Armenian are three churches in West & East Azarbayjan includes of Ghareh Church, Estephanous Church, and Zoor Zoor Church. These churches have been built in the 7th to 14th centuries and rebuilt many times. 

Shooshtar watery structures

(Khuzestan Province)

Year: 2009

Cultural Heritage

The Shooshtar watery structures contain stairs, waterfalls, channels, Mills, Dams, big tunnels of water streams for generating energy. The structure has built-in Achaemenids and the Sassanid period. The set has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009.

Tabriz Bazaar

(East Azarbayjan)

Year: 2010

Cultural Heritages of Iran

Let me introduce you to the biggest Bazaar of the Middle east. Yes! Tabriz Bazaar with an almost 1-kilometer area is the biggest Bazaar available in the middle east. The bazaar was in prosperity because of passing Silk Road and many tourists have written about it. The Tabriz Bazaar expanded over centuries and also has been repaired several times. The Bazaar contains many stores, shops, and caravanserai. Many travelers knew the bazaar as the main trade center here in Iran even they known the Grand Bazaar of Tehran in the effect of the Tabriz Bazaar. The Tabriz people on that time trade with Europe and inject currency into the country. 

Bogh-e-Sheykh Safi edin- Ardebili

(Ardebil)

Year: 2010

Cultural Heritages of Iran

The Boghe Safi edin Ardebili is located northwest of Ardabil and is the tomb of some Safaviyeh owners. The place contains many parts that have been repaired and decorated, ever centuries. 

Bagh-e-Irani (Iranian (Persian) Garden)

Isfahan, Tehran, Kerman, Fars, Yazd, North Khorasan

Year: 2011

Cultural Heritages of Iran

The Persian Garden is some Persian design and decoration which is only used in Iranian architecture. The Gardens such as, Pasargad, Eram, Fin Kashan, Chehel-Soton Isfahan, Dolat-Abad, Abas-Abbad, Shazdeh Mahan, Akbariyeh and Pahlevan Pour are some of the well-known gardens of Iran which listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. 

Masjed Jamee Isfahan 

(Isfahan Province) 

Year: 2012

Cultural Heritage of Iran

Masjed Jamee Isfahan or Masjede Ateeq of Isfahan is the oldest architecture of Iran which belongs to the second century of Hejree Ghamaree. The mosque at first was a small building but it has rebuilt by Motasem Abbasi order and built bigger building. By looking at these beautiful structure you will be amazed at the architecture of the mosque which contains other centuries architecture patterns. 

Gonbad-e-Ghaboos

(Golestan Province) 

Year: 2012

Cultural Heritage

Gonbad-e-Ghaboos are located in Golestan province in Gonbad-e-Kavoos over the soil hill. The building is the tomb of Kavoos-bin-Voshmgeer. The building is the highest brick made a tower of the world. The tower’s highness is about 72 meters. The building has built-in 996 BC some historians such as Arthur Pop and Will Durant has written in their books. The building has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.

Golestan Palace

(Tehran Province)

Year: 2013

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The Golestan Palace is the Name of a building in Arg-e-Tehran. The structure belongs to the Safaviye period which expanded over the Qajar period. The building was a place of Kingdom during the Qajar period and it contains many different parts with very astonishing decoration.

Shahr-e-Sokhteh

(Sistan Balochestan Province)    

Year: 2014

Cultural Heritages of Iran

The Shahr-e- Sookhteh is the name of a remained an ancient city belongs to the bronze era and in contemporary with Jeroft civilization. The city is located about 120 Kilometer far from north Zabol city. The city is about 5000 years old and also was an example of a very advanced city of that time due to the explored items. The city contains many parts such as residential part, central part, cemetery, industrial part, and also memorial structures. 

Meymand Village

(Kerman Province)

Year: 2015

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The Meymand Village is a rocky and hand-made village with thousands of years old. The Village has been registered with the name of Cultural Meymand Shahr-e-Babak and because of its virgin culture since the oldest time. I like to say that despite passing times still, people use some words remained of the oldest era and still they do the oldest customs remained of old generations.          

Shoosh Ancient City

(Khuzestan Province)

Year: 2015

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The 19th monuments are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iran. the complex contains, Kakh-e-Shapour, Kakh-e-Apadana, Kakh-e-Hadesh, Achaemenids Palace, Darvazeyeh Sharq, Tapeh Acropol, Masjed Jamee Shoosh, and many other Islamic structures and Ghaleeh Fransave. The ancient city is one of the magnificent ancient cities of Iran but many of its belongings have been exported outside of Iran and have kept in Paris Museums (the louver Museums).

Flume(Qanat)

Year: 2016

Cultural Heritages of Iran

The Flumes was an inventory of Iranian for some rare-water parts of Iran that no other places of the world use these techniques. Iranian Flumes is the 20th Monuments which listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Lut Desert 

(North Khorasan and Sistan o Balochestan)

Year: 2016

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The first natural monuments listed in UNESCO is the Lut desert for the hottest weather it has during several times of the year. The Lut desert contains 10% of the area of Iran. 

Yazd Historical City

(Yazd Province)

Year: 2017

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The Yazd city is one of the biggest cities of Iran and well-known for its architecture, and windy buildings, small bazaars, bathrooms, and Cisterns. The city prosperity goes back to Atabakian Yazd. Some well-known monuments such as Amir-Chakhmaq, Masjed Jamee, Bagh-e-Dolat Abad, is some of the pretty building of Yazd. Also, you can see some Zoroastrian fireplace. 

The Fars region Archaeologists landscapes

(Fars Province)

Year: 2018

Cultural Heritage of Iran

The Fars region Archaeologist landscapes are containing Bishapour city, Qar-e-Shapour, Sarvestan Sasany Palace, ancient city of Ardeshir khoreh, Kakh-e-Ardeshir Babakan, and Ghaleh Dokhtar has been listed since 2018 in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Heerkani Jungles

(Golestan, Mazandaran and Gilan provinces)

Year: 2019

Cultural Heritages of Iran

The second natural monument of Iran is Heerkani Jungles which is listed in UNESCO. The jungle is 25 million years old and is the most important jungle of all around the world. It’s a kind of natural museums in Iran. the 24th registered monuments of Iran. despite all the disagreements finally, the jungle has been registered in 2019.

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