The historic texture of Sharifabad need new breath
The historic texture of Sharifabad, Ardakan, with all its rustic beauty and attractions, remaining from the past, needs new life, to be given to it by the trustees of our cultural heritage.
All the attractions of this place, which exhibits its authenticity and ancient history can be restored and developed with the participation of beauticians and managers of Ardakan industries as cultural and development trustees.
Any development and improvement will have positive results, such as preventing the destruction of buildings, preventing the departure of the inhabitants of the historical district, maintaining the socio-cultural spirit, and the prospects for economic prosperity. If these results are seriously considered Sharifabad can start a new life.
The head of Ardakan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department the news that the Organization, with the help of Ardakan municipality, will take necessary action to rebuild the walls, flooring, and renovate the streets and historic passages, and added that certain buildings will be repaired and renovated in collaboration with their custodians.
Mahmoud Adiban said that with respect to the historic houses that have been registered as national heritage, the owners can apply for financial assistance and facilities, to the cultural heritage department, which includes loans, etc.
The head of the Ardakan Historic Texture Research Center stated that the historic texture of Sharifabad is one of the two main historic textures in the city, and added that Sharifabad and its neighborhood was a farm land in the past and could be defined by it village fort and towers. Mohsen Mirjani stated that in the Safavid period this place was inhabited by our Zoroastrian country men, who had migrated from Aqda, Haftador, Torkabad and Ahmadabad after the transfer of the holy fire, and settled there.”
He pointed out that the historic texture of Sharifabad has embodied diversity both in terms of the main body and social identity and also in terms of intercultural complex based on tolerance and management; it has been the oldest educational centers, at the same level as other educational centers in the county, have existed in Sharifabad.
He continued: “The architecture specific to the Yazd Zoroastrian culture has been copied by their main culture and about 10 places of worship have held religious ceremonies still remain in places and although it is not flourishing as before, but they are still functioning.”
He added: “The Sharifabad neighborhood is based on two parts: the village and the farming lands and from long ago there have been many endowed pieces of land in this area.”
Mirjani continued: “At present, this valuable texture is active and lively under the direct supervision of the county’s cultural heritage department and the municipality. There is less than 100m distance between the dome of the Hashem shrine and the dome of the Zoroastrian shrine and this shows the depth of altruism and the roots of the original Zoroastrian culture of Sharifabad as one of the most effective Zoroastrian communities in Iran.
The historical section of Sharifabad is one of the national monuments of Iran registered in Ardakan, whose longevity is related to the 6th century AH and after. It was recorded in the collection of historical monuments of Iran on 11/2/1382, number 10835.
Photos by Mojgan Dashti