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Pasargad, Bam registered in World Heritage list

Algiers, Jan 7, IRNA -- Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday two more cultural heritage sites were added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Ahmad Jalali, who was participating in the UNESCO's 6th Regional Session in Algeria, said Pasargad and quake-stricken citadel of Bam and its cultural landscape entered the list of "world heritage" in the UNESCO's International Committee of Cultural Heritage Sites, adding the UNESCO's representatives delivered related documents to the local authorities of Pasargad and Bam.

Referring to the neglect of Iranian authorities to the world registration of the country's historical and cultural heritage sites, Jalali said Takht-e-Soleyman was the first site to be added to the list of world heritage sites in UNESCO for the first time after the 1979 Revolution.

"World-renowned Takht-e-Jamshid, Esfahan's Naqsh-e-Jahan Square and Choghazanbil had been registered in UNESCO before the 1979 Islamic Revolution," he said.

Jalali, who is also head of the UNESCO's Cultural Heritage General Assembly, stated that while some countries earn credit by UNESCO's heritage registration, heritage features such as Bam Citadel or Pasargad bring about further credit for the UNESCO.

"Gonbad-e-Soltaniyeh is also on the agenda of the UNESCO's next year meeting to be listed as world heritage," he added.

Referring to a lot of non-material cultural heritage in the country which deserve registration by the UNESCO, Jalali said Nowrouz (the beginning of the Iranian year) case has been referred to UNESCO for such purpose and is favored by 10 countries in the region.

Choghazanbil (Tchogha Zanbil, 1979), (Persepolis, 1979), Meidan Emam (Naqsh-e-Jahan, 1979), (Takht Soleyman, 2003), Pasargad (Pasargadae, 2004) and Bam and its Cultural Landscape (Bam Citadel, 2004) have so far been registered as World Heritage sites in the UNESCO.

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