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2/14/07

2 Historic Textures and 100 Monuments Identified in Yazd

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Recent studies in Yazd province led into identifying 2 historic textures and 100 ancient monuments ranging in date from the Safavid dynastic era (1501-1736 AD) up to the Pahlavi period (1925-1979 AD).

Tehran 13 February 2007 (CHN) -- Experts of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Yazd province have succeeded in identifying two other historic textures and 100 historical sites in the cities of Hameida and Shahediyeh during their recent excavations in the province.

According to Babayi, archeologist of Yazd provincial department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, the Department's projects include identifying, documenting, and registering historical sites in the nearby villages of the city of Yazd including Hameida, Shahedieh, Khavidak, Seyed Mirza, Fahraj, Ahmadabad Moshir, and Mohammadabad.

Regarding some of the major achievements in these areas, Babayi told CHN: "Some historical evidence belonging to the Safavid dynastic era (1501-1736 AD) up to the contemporary era and the Pahlavi period have been identified in two newly discovered textures in this area. Traces of Ilkhanid (1256-1336 AD) architectural style can also be seen in 100 historical monuments identified recently in the area."

Located in southeast Iran, Yazd province, is one of the most ancient and historic parts of the country and a center of Zoroastrianism in Iran. Having more than 4000 historical monuments and maintaining its traditional architectural style, city of Yazd, capital of Yazd province, has largely retained its ancient earthen texture which was registered in the list of Iran's National Heritage Sites last year.

Amidst the immense surrounding desert, Yazd retains elements of its old religion, traditions, and architecture, which is recognized by UNESCO for its architectural heritage. In 2004, Iran's parliament allocated funds to help restore historical sites in Yazd in order to prepare the ground for its world registration by UNESCO.

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