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Solatnieh, Host of Festival of Folk Games in Zanjan

The first festival of folk games of Zanjan province will be held in August/September 2006 in the historical site of Soltanieh Dome.
Tehran, 25 June 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- The first festival of Zanjan's folk games, aiming to revive the folk games of Zanjan province and introducing them as one of the tourism attractions of this province will be held in the historical site of Soltanieh monument during this coming August/September.

Announced this news, Yahya Rahmati, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Zanjan province said, "Currently 24 folk games exist in Zanjan province, out of which 12 will be chosen for this festival.”

Horse racing on the lawn of Soltanieh will be one of the other programs of this festival. "This race will be held with the same purpose which is introducing the tourism attractions of the city since Soltanieh is merely known for its historic domed monument and people do not know much about the city’s other tourism potentials," added Rahmati.

According to Rahmati, on the sideline of the festival an exhibition will be held to introduce the folk games through films and pictures. The guests will be welcomed by the delicious broths selected in Zanjan's Broth Festival.

Several organizations such as the governor office, municipality, and city council of Zanjan will cooperate with the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Zanjan in holding this festival.

Zanjan is one of the 32 provinces of Iran, located 330 kilometer northwest of Tehran. Zanjani artists make a number of handicrafts including various decorative dishes and their special covers as well as silver jewelry. Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers. This is perhaps Zanjan’s most popular handicraft.

Zanjan province also has a lot of natural and historical sites. There is a historical bazaar in the city of Zanjan belonging to the Safavid era where you can find several handicrafts and many beautiful souvenirs.

Soltanieh Dome with an elevation exceeding 54 meters is one of most wonderful pieces of architecture of the Ilkhanid era (1256-1353 AD). Construction of this ancient monument, located 30 kilometers from the city of Zanjan, dates back to 700 years ago. This dome with its octagonal base, exquisite tile-work and magnificent architecture is one of the most unique examples of Islamic architecture in Iran.

Soltanieh Dome, the biggest of the kind in the world which is made of brick, was registered in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites last year. This decision was made in July 2005 session of World Heritage Committee meeting. Thus the dome became the seventh Iranian site registered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

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