Source: Tehran Times
The registration of Iran's Qabus Tower, the world's tallest tower made of bricks, on UNESCO's World Heritage List was celebrated in a ceremony in the town of Gonbad-e Kavus in Golestan Province on Sunday.
Gonbad-e Qabus Tower (photo by Simorgh)
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a group of provincial officials attended the ceremony, Persian news agencies reported on Monday.
Iran's Qabus Tower and Isfahan Congregational Mosque were registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List during the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee, which was held in St. Petersburg in June.
The 55-meter Qabus Tower, which is the tomb of Zeyarid ruler Qabus ibn Voshmagir, the ruler of the Gorgan and Tabaristan regions of northern Iran from 977 to 981 and again from 997 to 1012, was built on a 15-meter mound located in Gonbad-e Kavus in Golestan Province.
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The star-shaped tomb is decorated with a Kufic inscription around it that reads, "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. This is the magnificent palace of Emir Shams-ul-Ma'ali. Emir son of Emir, Qabus son of Voshmagir ordered that it be built during his lifetime. 397 A.H., 375 solar calendar."
The ceremony began with the president's brief speech, in which he called an individual without culture, a man without values.
He noted that cultural heritage is the most precious capital of each nation and said, "Cultural heritage means the moralities, traditions, beliefs and values of mankind existing within each nation."
He continued by reciting a part of the Qabusnameh, a book written by Qabus ibn Voshmagir and dedicated to his son Gilan-Shah. The book contains the advice of a father to his son on how to run a country.
The ceremony was brought to an end honoring the officials in charge of the world registration of the tower. They included Golestan Governor General Javad Qenaat, and Golestan director of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department Qorban Abbasi.
Iranian sites on the World Heritage List
- Tchogha Zanbil (1979)
- Persepolis (1979)
- Meidan Emam, Esfahan (1979)
- Takht-e Soleyman (2003)
- Pasargadae (2004)
- Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)
- Soltaniyeh (2005)
- Bisotun (2006)
- Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)
- Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)
- Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
- The Persian Garden (2011)
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