The Ninth Conference on the Research and
Protection of Unbaked Mud Monuments opened at Dowlatabad Garden on
Saturday and was attended by a number of world experts, IRNA reported
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Head of Yazd province Cultural
Heritage Department Seyed Mohammad Beheshti reiterated the importance
of the unbaked mud monuments and the inherent complexities of the
He added, "Such monuments mark the managerial skills of our
predecessors and the heritage left behind for the present and future
"Thousands of these mud brick buildings are still inhabited," he
Turning to Yazd as a global center of mud brick monuments, he
called for the establishment of an international research center for
protection of such structures in Iran, particularly in the central
Iranian city of Yazd.
Beheshti called on the participants to contribute to this end if
they are in position to play a role in it.
Secretary of the Ninth International Conference on the Research
and Protection of Unbaked Mud Monuments, Abdol-Rasoul Vatandoust,
declared Iran's readiness to establish such a center.
"The current conference has been warmly welcomed by foreign
countries which are represented by Ecuador, Argentine, Brazil,
Portugal, Britain, France, US, the Netherlands, Austria, Oman, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia, Central Asian states, Australia and Japan," he added.
Yazd Governor General Seyed Hamid Kalantari also referring to
Yazd's unbaked mud monuments said that evidences of life are still
witnessed in the ancient texture of the city and a promising prospect
is in view.
He attributed such a persistence of life to the know-how of the
traditional architects who have succeeded in preserving the monuments.
"If the city has a say in the national and international levels,
it is due to its architecture which blends the Iranian and Islamic
"Priority should be given to traditional architects, given that
neglecting them leads to ignorance of the unbaked mud monuments. This
is more significant than protection of the historical monuments," he
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