World Heritage Site

 

World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake,  monument,  or mountain) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or physical significance.  The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the General Assembly.

The programme catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding  cultural or natural  importance  to the common heritage ofhumanity.  Under certain conditions, listed sites can obtain funds from the World Heritage Fund. The program was founded with theConvention Concerning the Protection of the World's Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. Since then, 191 states parties have ratified the Convention, making it one of the most adhered to international instruments. Only Liechtenstein , Nauru, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu are not Party to the Convention.

 

Site

Image

Location

Year

Description

 

Tchogha Zanbil

 

Khuzestan

 1979

is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia.

Persepolis

 

Fars

1979

 literally meaning "city of Persians",was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire  Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of city of Shiraz in Fars Province in Iran.

Meidan Emam, Esfahan

 

Isfahan 

1979

is a square situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site, and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Takht-e Soleyman

 

West Azerbaijan

 2003

is an archaeological site in West Azarbaijan, Iran.  It lies midway between Urmia and Hamadan, very near the present-day town of Takab, and 400 km (250 mi) west of Tehran.

Bam and its Cultural Landscape

 

Kerman

2004

Arg-e Bam is the biggest adobe structure in the world

Pasargadae

 

Fars

2004

capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great who had issued its construction (559–530 BC) and also the location of his tomb, was a city in ancient Persia, located near the city of Shiraz (in Pasargad County) and is today an archaeological site and one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Soltaniyeh

 

Zanjan

2005

 is a city in and capital of Soltaniyeh District of Abhar County, Zanjan Province, Iran.  At the 2006 census, its population was 5,684, in 1,649 families.

Bisotun

 

Kermanshah

2006

is a multi-lingual inscription located on Mount Behistun in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, near the city of Kermanshah in western Iran. It was crucial to the decipherment of cuneiform script.

Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran

 

West Azerbaijan

2008

including: St Thaddeus Monastery, St Stepanos Monastery,Chapel of Dzordzor, Chapel of Chupan, Church of the Holy Mother of God

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System

 

Khuzestan

 2009

is an island city from the Sassanid era with a complex irrigation system. Located in Iran's Khuzestan Province.  It was registered on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2009 and is Iran's 10th cultural heritage site to be registered on the United Nations' list.

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex

 

Tabriz

2010

is a historical market situated in the city center of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world.

Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble inArdabil

 

Ardabil

2010

Sheikh Safi, an eminent leader of an Islamic Sufi order established by the Safavids, was born in Ardabil where this complex is located.

The Persian Garden

 

Pars

2011

including 9 selected gardens in Iran: Pasargadae, Chehel Sotoun, Fin, Eram, Shazdeh,Dolatabad,Abbasabad Garden, Akbarieh,Pahlevanpour

Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan

 

Isfahan

2012

is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century

Gonbad-e Qabus

 

Golestan

2012

It was the longest minaret at the time of construction.

Golestan Palace

 

Tehran

2013

 literally the Roseland Palace, is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city, Tehran.

Shahr-i Sokhta

 

Sistan and Baluchestan

2014

, is an archaeological site of a sizable Bronze Age urban settlement, associated with the Jiroft culture.

Cultural Landscape of Maymand

 

Kerman

2015

is a village in Meymand Rural District, in the Central District of Shahr-e Babak County, Kerman Province

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Susa

 

Khuzestan

2015

was an ancient city of the Elamite, First Persian Empire and Parthian empires of Iran.  It is located in the lower Zagros Mountains about 250 km (160 mi) east of the Tigris River, between the Karkheh and Dez Rivers.