28.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tehran

Golestan Palace of Iran is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

The lavish Golestan Palace, a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences, is among the new sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision was made during the 37th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC), which is being held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 16 to 27 June 2013 to , organized by UNESCO and the National Commission of Cambodia with the support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. With the inscription of this new site, Iran has 16 world heritage sites in total.

The walled Palace, one of the oldest groups of buildings in the city of Tehran, became the seat of government of the Qajar family, which came into power in 1779 and made Teheran the capital of the country. Built around a garden featuring pools as well as planted areas, the Palace’s most characteristic features and rich ornaments date from the 19th century. It became a centre of Qajari arts and architecture of which it is an outstanding example and has remained a source of inspiration for Iranian artists and architects to this day. It represents a new style incorporating traditional Persian arts and crafts and elements of 18th century architecture and technology.

There are 14 new sites inscribed during this last session of the WHC. Three sites received extensions: Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Kenya), Maloti Drakensberg Transboundary World Heritage Site (Lesotho/South Africa), Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines (Poland). The following changes were made to the List of World Heritage in Danger: Bam and its Cultural Landscape (Iran) was removed from the Danger List; East Rennell (Solomon Island) was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger along with the six World Heritage sites of the Syrian Arab Republic. The World Heritage List now numbers 981.

During the 37th session, the nomination dossier of “Cultural Landscape of Maymand” from Iran was also reviewed and the committee decided to refer it back to Iran for additional information and possible resubmission to the following Committee session for examination.

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Photos will be available: www.unesco.org/new/whc-photos

Video footage for broadcasters at: http://www.unesco.org/new/new-inscriptions

webcast: http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/37COM/

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