Jul 23, 2014, 5:59 PM
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Zahiroddoleh Cemetery to become a tourist site

Tehran, July 23, IRNA -- Zahiroddoleh Cemetery in the north of Tehran will be restored and turned into a tourist site, said head of newly-established Cultural Heritage Committee affiliated to Tehran City Council.

Ahmad Hakimipour added that entities and organizations such as Tehran Municipality, Religious Endowment Organization (Awqaf), Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization, and Ministry of Road and Urban Construction are members of Cultural Heritage Committee.

The committee has identified and classified the ancient textures of Tehran, he said.

Zahiroddoleh Cemetery, he said, will be restored with financial support from the private sector. "We should encourage the private sector to operate ancient heritage sites by taking advantage of incentive policies since abandoning such sites will lead to their decline and destruction."

Zahiroddoleh Cemetery is a favorite hangout for poetry and literature enthusiasts on weekends. It is the resting place of many Iranian celebrities and artists. Poetess Forough Farrokhzad, author and poet Malek-ol-Shoara Bahar, singer Qamar-ol-Molouk Vaziri, musician Abolhassan Saba and composer Ruhollah Khaleqi are among the most celebrated figures interned there.

Burials have been prohibited in Zahiroddoleh Cemetery since the 1960s.

It was registered as No. 2001 on National Heritage List during 1998.

The cemetery, which is run by Shemiran Religious Endowment Department (Awqaf), is open to visitors every day from 9 am until 5 pm except Thursdays and Fridays.