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July 9, day of inscription of Yazd on UNESCO List

Yazd, IRNA – The Iranian calendar day Tir 18 (July 9) is the reminder of a great day for people of Yazd province and most especially for citizens of Yazd city, when around 200 hectares of historical parts of the city was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Merely architecture, historical context and clay structure of Yazd are not the reason that the city was listed as a world heritage site, but the city manifests all spirits and magnificence of lifestyle of the people have been living there.

Yazd showcases experiences of people, who lived centuries in dry climate and left rich culture and unique social capital, which is a mixture of art of effortless living and divine worshiping.

July 9, day of inscription of Yazd on UNESCO List

The inscription of Yazd on UNESCO List is an emblem of the city’s universal attitude, when it comes to people’s adoption to hard desert situation by using aqueducts, wind towers, reservoirs, minarets and covered corridors.

Yazd is considered the second historical city after Venice in Italy that has an ancient context of 750 hectares. Around 200 hectares of Yazd’s historical context was inscribed on UNESCO List on July 9, 2017.

July 9, day of inscription of Yazd on UNESCO List

Along with Fars and Isfahan provinces, Yazd is considered among the golden triangle of tourism in Iran, where thousands of foreign tourists visit every year.

The UNESCO wrote on its website: “The earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the qanat system, traditional houses, bazars, hammams, mosques, synagogues, Zoroastrian temples and the historic garden of Dolat-abad. The city enjoys the peaceful coexistence of three religions: Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism.”

July 9, day of inscription of Yazd on UNESCO List

“Yazd is an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement which is representative of the interaction of man and nature in a desert environment that results from the optimal use and clever management of the limited resources that are available in such an arid setting by the qanat system and the use of earth in constructing buildings with sunken courtyards and underground spaces.

Besides creating pleasant micro-climate, it uses minimum amounts of materials, which provides inspiration for new architecture facing the sustainability challenges today,” UNESCO described.

Ali Asghar Mounesan, Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, felicitated the anniversary of internationally recognition of Yazd in a Twitter message, writing that Yazd city is the first historical city of Iran, which was inscribed on the UNESCO List four years ago.


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