Tehran, 7 December 2005 (CHN) -- The biggest restoration research center of the Middle East for maintenance and restoring of the historical-cultural evidence and the related architectural structures opened on December 5 in Tehran with the attendance of Esfandiar Rahim Mashayi, director of the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Ahmad Masjid Jamei, the former Iran's minister of culture, Mohammad Beheshti, head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Research Center, UNESCO's representative in Iran, restoration experts and some of the authorities of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran.
"Launching of this research and restoration center is considered a starting point for providing new opportunities both at national and international levels. Research and scientific activities are our main goals which will provide Iran and other countries with great opportunities in this regard. Nowadays maintenance of cultural heritage is regarded a worldwide phenomenon and does not belong to just one country" said Mashayi.
Regarding the special equipments which have been allocated to the research center by Japan, Mashayi explained "such cooperations are admirable, but we would rather get cultural cooperation than economical cooperation. The historical monuments belong to the whole world and we should reinforce this kind of attitude. The recent progress in the field of communication technology has weakened the geographical boundaries. Maintaining and restoring all these monuments are considered a world duty; and political and economical challenges should not have any influence on cultural aspects."
The building of the restoration research center is situated behind the National Museum of Iran and is consisted of 4 floors; two levels are constructed underground to observe the vicinity of the National Museum of Iran. The building is consisted of a library, special workshops, laboratories, an official department, gathering halls, a storage area for ancient articles, etc.
The idea for constructing a restoration and research center goes back to the year 1973. According to Abdolrasoul Vatan Doost, an archaeologist and researcher, in 1973 there was a small building in the back of the National Museum of Iran which was allocated to research studies. Since its area was not proper enough, the thought of constructing a more complete research center was formed at that time.
Vatan Doost believes that this research center is unique in the Middle East, and is one of the most equipped research centers of the world. UNESCO has also expressed its willingness to cooperate with this research center.
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