Tehran, Aug 23, IRNA-The ancient city of Isfahan, central Iran, has been introduced as the 'Cultural Capital' of the Islamic world for the year 2006 by one of the subsidiaries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, it was reported in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), affiliated to the OIC, named Isfahan as the cultural capital of the Islamic world for 2006, the morning paper 'Resalat' quoted head of the ISESCO regional office in Tehran as saying.
Located about 440 km south of the Iranian capital of Tehran, the history of the ancient city of Isfahan, capital of central province of the same name, dates back to the Safavid dynasty in 1500-1739.
Chehel Sotoon, Aali Qapou, the Imam Mosque, Menar Jomban and Hasht Behesht Palace, are among historic sites of the city.
According to the Persian-language daily, Fartousi said in a recent interview with Radio Tehran, that based on a new plan dubbed the 'Islamic City' the ISESCO has decided to introduce, on a regular annual basis, one of the old cities of each Muslim state as the Cultural Capital of the Islamic world.
The paper further quoted Fartousi as saying that the plan aimed to highlight the historic significance of the ancient Islamic cities and strengthen their historical status worldwide.
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