Top 5 Cultural Treasures of Iran that are in Danger

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With a civilization dating back 5,000 years and having over 20 UNESCO declared world heritage sites, Iran is famous for its rich and unique cultural heritage.

Countries religious architecture’s displays a mastery of geometry, abstract design and pre-industrial engineering which attracts the adventurers over the world.

But this famous heritage sites are in danger for the ongoing power displaying between US and Iran.

We will show top 5 Cultural Treasures of Iran that remains in danger If US attacks.

Persepolis

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid empire
Capital of the Achaemenid empire

Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid empire and one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites. The monumental complex was established in the sixth century BC which was designed to impress – with a vast raised terrace, grand staircases and marble palaces and temples. The city now preserved many ancient statues, bas reliefs of bulls, lions, mythical creatures and citizens of the multicultural Achaemenid empire.

Shah Cheragh mosque, Shiraz

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It is a sombre place of pilgrimage

The name of the mosque translates as “King of the Light” which covered in intricate geometric designs of mirrored mosaic tile, creating a cosmic, otherworldly lightshow. It is a sombre place of pilgrimage but the effect has been likened to being inside a giant, Islamic disco ball. Just the sort of thing a hotelier with a penchant for shiny things might appreciate.

Vank Cathedral

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The oldest church of the region

Iran has a long Christian history, particularly associated with Armenia at its northwestern border. Three of the oldest churches in the region are Unesco world heritage sites. Vank Cathedral, near Isfahan, was built by Armenians fleeing the Ottoman wars in the 17th century. The interior is a riotous patchwork of frescoes and gilded carvings.

Bridges of Isfahan

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Established during the 17th century

The bridge mostly established during the 17th century. Western visitors marveled at the beauty and made the complex design of the bridge with feats of engineering. The stately, 130m-long Khaju Bridge, for example, served as a dam and sluice gate to control the Zayanderud river as well as a way to cross it, while its central aisle was a shaded public meeting space boasting a tea house.

Tomb of Daniel

A popular pilgrimage site.

The tomb of prophet Daniel is an ancient treasure of Iran. Daniel – a prophet in Islam as well as Christianity – is presumed to be buried in the ancient Iranian city of Susa. Daniel’s Tomb, with its distinctive conical dome, was first chronicled in the 12th century and is still a popular pilgrimage site.

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