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Caravanserais of Iran, candidates for globalization at the forty-fifth session of UNESCO

The case of the Iranian carvansara’s will be presented to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee next year. The assessors of the International Council on Historical Buildings and Sites (ICOMOS) will come to Iran to review the documents of this case by the end of August 2.

According to IRNA’s cultural correspondent, on April 27, 2021, Ali Asghar Monesan, Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, submitted files from Iran’s intangible and tangible heritage, such as Mehregan, Yalda, silk cultivating and silk weaving, Turkmen embroidry, the lute musical instrument, Iranian carvansara, annexation of Dizmar natural heritage to the Hyrcanian forests, the annexation of Naghshe-Tostam and Naghshe Rajab to Parseh, annexation of Vank Church to the collection of Iranian churches, for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

In this meeting, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, said: “This year, the file of Iranian caravanserais with 56 caravanserais from different historical periods in 24 provinces of the country, as well as the attachment of Dizmar natural heritage to the Hyrcanian forests, will be concluded and will be in the process of world registration; Razavi Khorasan has the largest number of caravanserais, followed by Semnan and Isfahan provinces.”

With the registration of the National Railway of Iran and the cultural landscape of Uramanat/ Huraman in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the 44th session, the number of the tangible cultural heritage of Iran in this list has reached 26. the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft, has started working on the file of Iranian carvansar’s as the 27th intangible heritage of Iran for presenting to the next session of the UNESCO world heritage committee.

Mostafa Pourali spoke about the process of completing and sending the file of Iranian caravanserais for global registration: “The International Council of ICOMOS International Monuments and Historic Sites will come to Iran to review the case of Iranian caravanserais by the end of August.”

The Director General of Registration of Heritage, and Preservation and Restoration of spiritual and Natural heritages, added:  “Also, the file for annexing the Dizmar natural heritage to the Hyrcania forests (registered globally as natural heritage in 1398 solar) has been completed and will be presented next year to UNESCO for review and approval.  Dizmar is located in Arasbaran area, next to Aras River and Khoda-afarin bridge, and is now going to be annexed to the Hyrcania forests file.  In the 45th session of UNESCO the carvansara’s of Iran are candidate for world registration.

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