Iran UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Tours

Iran UNESCO World Heritage Center


UNESCO World Heritage Sites are a collection of cultural or natural sites that are registered with UNESCO by a committee of the same name (UNESCO World Heritage Committee). Under the convention, UNESCO member states can nominate their historical, natural and cultural monuments for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The protection of these sites after registration in this list will be the responsibility of all member states within the jurisdiction of the country concerned.

Italy ranks first in terms of the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 53 center. The number of Iranian's in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2019 reached 24 with the registration of Hyrcanian forests.



Criteria for registration of sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List

Any site to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List must meet at least one of the following criteria. There are six criteria for registration in the cultural sector and four criteria for registration in natural works.



Natural criteria
  • Be a unique natural phenomenon with exceptional backgrounds and aesthetics.
  • Be a prime example of the stages and changes in the history of geology.
  • Prominent examples of ecological and biological processes in terrestrial evolution, coastal and marine ecosystems, and plant and animal communities.
  • Include natural habitats important in terms of biodiversity and contain endangered species.

Cultural criteria
  • Represents a masterpiece of human genius and creativity.
  • Represents the exchange of human values ​​over a period of time in a cultural area in terms of advances in architecture or technology, urban planning or landscape design.
  • A unique or at least exceptional testimony to a living or extinct cultural tradition or civilization.
  • An outstanding example in architecture or technology that represents an important stage in human history.
  • Be a prime example of the interaction between humans and the environment or represent a culture.
  • Directly or tangibly related to life events or traditions, thoughts and ideas or works of art or literature of great global importance.



UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran

Iran acceded to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in February 1975. From this date until today, 24 cultural and natural center have been registered in this list. The first places on this list were in 1979, which included Naghsh Jahan Square in Isfahan, Persepolis and Choghaznabil. Now we have 24 Iranian registered works in the UNESCO heritage list in order of registration.



August 3, 2021
Naghsh Jahan Square, Imam Square, Isfahan, Abbasi Mosque (Imam Mosque)

Naghsh Jahan Square, Imam Square, Isfahan

Naghsh Jahan Square, also known as Imam Square, is one of the most beautiful places in Isfahan.
August 2, 2021
Pasargad historical complex, Private palace | Residence and residential house of Cyrus

Pasargad historical complex, Capital of Cyrus the Great, Shiraz

Near the city of Pasargad, there are ancient structures that are reminiscent of the distant past of Iran.
January 27, 2021
Isfahan Aali Qapu palace

Aali Qapu Palace

Khalkhal to Asalem forest trekking path is located between Ardabil and Gilan provinces.
November 9, 2020
Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili Shrine

Sheikh Safi Al-Din Ardabili’s Shrine

The buildings of this complex are one of the most beautiful Islamic historical monuments in Iran in the Safavid era and is one of the most important ancient monuments in the country.
November 8, 2020
Qareh Kelisa, Mako

Saint Thaddeus Cathedral, Qare Kelisa, Qareh

Qara Kelisa has a special feature of Armenian architecture and is one of the most valuable historical monuments in the country in terms of volume and technique.
November 7, 2020
Takht-e Soleiman Lake

Takht-e Soleiman archeological complex, Soleyman

This collection is completely unique both in terms of the existence of archeological sights and in terms of its connection with written historical and mythological documents in the north and west of Iran.
October 4, 2020
Kalut Shahdad Desert

Shahdad Kalut Desert, Kalout, Kalot

Klots are found in different parts of Iran. But the largest of them is located in Kerman province and around the city of Shahdad, and for this reason they are known as Shahdad Klots.
October 4, 2020
Meymand Village, Kerman

Meymand Village

Meymand village in Kerman province is one of the villages that has been created with the least materials and only by creating holes and rooms in the heart of stone.
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