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Iran Prepares to Register Golestan Palace on UNESCO List

Tehran, 11 October 2005 (CHN) - Golestan Palace will be included in Iran's complimentary recommended list for registration on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.

Each country gives a complementary list to renew its previous one every 10 years.

The international registration of Golesatn palace provides the opportunity for Tehran to be known as a historical, cultural center besides being the Capital of Iran. Tehran has had no registered historical sites so far.

"Due to the regulations of UNESCO, each country can recommend new heritage every decade to be registered on the World Heritage List," said Jalil Golshan, director of Iran's Archaeology Bureau.

The historical context of Yazd, and the historical complex and context of Damqan are other recommendations of Iran for UNESCO World Heritage List.

"The number of registered heritage of each country is important from different aspects," he added, "This number helps countries to increase their cultural status on an international level, on one hand, and the countries can benefit from the financial helps of UNESCO fund for restoration of their sites, on the other hand."

"Benefiting from the knowledge of UNESCO international experts is another opportunity provided by the registration of national heritage," he asserted.

Naser Paouli, director of the registration council of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, believes that Golestan Palace can be a proper representative of Tehran's cultural heritage among UNESCO's World Heritage.

The effort for registration of Golestan Palace in the World Heritage List paves the way toward registration of other historical monuments.

Architectural styles of different periods can be traced in Golestan Palace. The historical complex was founded in the period of Shah Tahmasp and turned into a government office in Zand and Qajar era.

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