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Iran UNESCO World Heritages

What is a World Heritage Site?

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area, selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, which is legally protected by international treaties.

The sites are judged to be important for the collective and preservative interests of humanity. (read more in Wikipedia

There are 14 number of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritages in Iran too. For more information, click here.

Iran World Heritage Sites

Iran accepted the convention of the UNESCO World Heritage on 26 February 1975, and now has 22 cultural and 2 natural world heritage sites and more than 50 properties on its tentative list.

Cultural sites

  1. Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)
  2. Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)
  3. Bisotun (2006)
  4. Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015)
  5. Golestan Palace (2013)
  6. Gonbad-e Qābus (2012)
  7. Historic City of Yazd (2017)
  8. Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (2012)
  9. Meidan Emam, Esfahan (1979)
  10. Pasargadae (2004)
  11. Persepolis (1979)
  12. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (2018)
  13. Shahr-i Sokhta (2014)
  14. Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
  15. Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)
  16. Soltaniyeh (2005)
  17. Susa (2015)
  18. Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
  19. Takht-e Soleyman (2003)
  20. Tchogha Zanbil (1979)
  21. The Persian Garden (2011)
  22. The Persian Qanat (2016)

Natural sites

  1. Hyrcanian Forests (2019)
  2. Lut Desert (2016)

Tentative List

A tentative list is an inventory of properties which a state party considers to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value, and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.

  1. Jame’ (Congregational) Mosque of Esfahan (1997)
  2. Historic ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin (1997)
  3. Firuzabad Ensemble (1997)
  4. Shush (1997)
  5. Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab (1997)
  6. Tape Sialk (1997)
  7. Taq-e Bostan (2007)
  8. Kuh-e Khuaja (2007)
  9. Persepolis and other relevant buildings (2007)
  10. The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan (2007)
  11. Historical Ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin (2007)
  12. Historic Monument of Kangavar (2007)
  13. The Historical City of Maybod (2007)
  14. The Historical Port of Siraf (2007)
  15. Bazaar of Qaisariye in Laar (2007)
  16. The Historical Village of Abyaneh (2007)
  17. Bastam and Kharghan (2007)
  18. The Historical Texture of Damghan (2007)
  19. The Cultural-Natural Landscape of Ramsar (2007)
  20. Kaboud Mosque (2007)
  21. Tous Cultural Landscape (2007)
  22. The Historical City of Masouleh (2007)
  23. The Complex of Izadkhast (2007)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Alamout (2007)
  25. Zozan (2007)
  26. Khorramabad Valley (2007)
  27. Jiroft (2007)
  28. Ghaznavi- Seljukian Axis in Khorasan (2007)
  29. The Cultural Landscape of Uramanat (2007)
  30. Qeshm Island (2007)
  31. Arasbaran Protected Area (2007)
  32. Sabalan (2007)
  33. Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge (2007)
  34. Alisadr Cave (2007)
  35. Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) (2008)
  36. The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh (2008)
  37. The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province (2008)
  38. Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure (2008)
  39. Hegmataneh (2008)
  40. The Collection of Historical Bridges (2008)
  41. Touran Biosphere Reserve (2008)
  42. Hamoun Lake (2008)
  43. Harra Protected Area (2008)
  44. Damavand (2008)
  45. Asbads (windmill) of Iran (2017)
  46. Natural-Historical Complex / Cave of Karaftoo (2017)
  47. Imam Reza Holy Complex (2017)
  48. Trans-Iranian Railway (2017)
  49. Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran (2017)
  50. Persian Caravanserai (2017)
  51. Salt Domes of Iran (2017)
  52. The Great Wall of Gorgan (2017)
  53. The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran (2017)
  54. University of Tehran (2017)
  55. Monastery of St. Amenaprkich (New Julfa Vank) (2019)
  56. Vali-e Asr Street (2019)

* Written by Moohammad Naderi.

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