Iranian heritages inscribed on Iran UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Iranian heritages in UNESCO show the antiquity of the ancient land of Iran. A collection of historical, natural and cultural treasures of Iran is on display in Iran World Heritage List.
Today, the protection of relics of history in different parts of the world, as well as the preservation of natural assets in different countries is essential and undeniable for all people of the world. The history of different societies is a part of modern human evolution and it is not possible to study the evolution of human beings in the world separately.
UNESCO has created a link between different countries by recording historical and natural monuments from different parts of the world, making the preservation of the world’s historical and natural treasures a must for all human beings. People all over the world, regardless of race, religion or nation, must strive to preserve the culture and civilization of the world for future generations.
Iran’s heritages in UNESCO are part of the great wealth of Iran, which today has a special place for history lovers around the world. Chiyakotravel make it possible to visit most of Iran’s registered heritages in UNESCO, along with experienced tour guide to show you the year of registration and brief history of each place in Iran World Heritage Sites Tours.
What you visit in Iran UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites Tours?
Before giving a comprehensive explanation of each of the Iranian heritages registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List, let us take a list of the 24 Iranian World Heritage Sites that you will visit in Iran UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites Tours:
- Naghsh-e Jahan Square
- Bam Citadel and its cultural landscape
- Takht-e Soleyman
- Armanian church complex
- Shushtar water structures
- Tabriz Bazaar
- Tomb of Sheikh Safi Ardabili
- Persian Gardens
- Isfahan Grand Mosque
- Qaboos Dome Tower
- Golestan Palace
- Burnt city
- Meymand cultural landscape
- The ancient city of Susa
- Qanat-e Irani
- Lut plain
- Historical context of Yazd
- Ancient Sassanid landscape in Fars
- Hyrcanian forests
What is UNESCO World Heritage?
UNESCO World Heritage is a list of ancient natural, historical and cultural sites that are important for the history and ecosystem of the world due to their antiquity and natural features. The heritages included in this list must be approved by a special committee of UNESCO, and then at the time of the annual meeting of UNESCO in the various UNESCO member countries, the official registration of these mnuments in the UNESCO heritage list will be announced.
The monuments inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List belong to all human beings in different parts of the world with different cultures, religions and nationalities, and it is obligatory for all the world to protect these works. In fact, UNESCO World Heritage is a global agreement between the member countries of this organization to preserve valuable historical and natural treasures in the world.
The monuments inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List are a document of cultural identity in the world. So we consider the protection of these inherits as our first priority in Iran UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites Tours.
For the first time, on November 16, 1972, the UNESCO General Conference approved the UNESCO World Heritage List. The goal of putting the world’s historical and natural heritage on a single list has been to value the earth’s heritage equally for all human beings in the world. In order to achieve its ideals, UNESCO recognizes the valuable heritage of the earth as belonging to all human beings, regardless of race, religion or nationality. UNESCO places the task of preserving these relics on the whole world.
Criteria for registration of heritages in the UNESCO World Heritage
There are six conditions for the inclusion of cultural and historical monuments in UNESCO World Heritage List and four conditions for the inclusion of natural monuments in this list. If the work submitted by any UNESCO member country meets at least one of these conditions, its name will be registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The conditions for registering natural monuments are as follows:
- A natural building or phenomenon has an exceptional position in terms of aesthetics.
- Be a thought-provoking example of geological changes and stages of the earth’s natural evolution.
- An example of an ecological change or biological evolution of a marine, coastal or plant and animal ecosystem.
- The area in question is a natural habitat with a variety of endangered species.
The criteria for registering cultural and historical monuments are as follows:
- There must be human creativity and genius in the construction of the desired building or work.
- Describe the desired effect of development of architecture, technology, or urban planning in a cultural community over a period of time.
- It is a remarkable and unique representation of the culture of the region in the past or present.
- An important stage of human history should be in the architecture of the building or the technology of the structure in question.
- The interaction between man and the environment can be seen in the heart of the work.
- Depict some of the world’s outstanding literary works or show the influential traditions and ideas in the culture of a society.
Iran ranks in UNESCO
At present, Iran has registered 24 works in the UNESCO World Heritage List and this process has started since 1979. The works registered in this list are divided into two categories: UNESCO cultural heritage and UNESCO natural monuments. Each country can annually register one of its cultural or natural monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Numerous natural resources in the four-season climate of Iran, as well as the location of the world’s oldest civilizations in the land of Iran in the past, introduce outstanding historical and natural capacities from Iran to the world. So far, Iran has been one of the leaders in the UNESCO list and ranks tenth in terms of the number of registered heritages in the world. Given the vast historical and natural potential of Iran, it is expected that in the future many other heritages from our country will be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. As you know, Iran has 14 intangible and cultural heritages listed on the UNESCO too.
At present, Iran is ranked 10th in UNESCO, and Italy with 54 works, China with 53 works, Spain with 47 works, France with 44 works, Germany with 44 works, India with 37 works, Mexico with 34 works, the United Kingdom with 31 works And Russia, with 28 works, ranks one to nine on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
First registered Iran heritage at UNESCO
Iran’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ancient shrine of Chogha Zanbil in the ancient city of Susa, which dates back to about 1250 BC. This historical monument was registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The registration files of Chogha Zanbil and Persepolis and Naghsh Jahan Square of Isfahan in the UNESCO heritage were opened at the same time; But Chogha Zanbil was the first historical and cultural monument in Iran to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Summary of Iran UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites Tours
Iran World Heritage Sites Tours portray the merged beauty of Iran as well as culture, history and art of unique Iran. These tours are special collection of tour packages that show you an extraordinary assortment of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. They can be customized and adjustable base on your preferences and even we can design specific tours to target just one of the ancient cities of Iran deeply.