UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites

UNESCO registered 19 Iranian world heritage sites until 2015. Iran stands for the  16th country in the world ranking of UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.


Persepolis 1979         
The archaeological site of Tchogha (Choqa) Zanbil contains the ruins of the sacred city of the Elamites. Founded around 1250 BCE, the city is surrounded by three concentric walls but remained unfinished after it was attacked by Ashurbanipal. A huge 105m-sided brick ziggurat of the Elamite period, built by King Untash Gal, served as a temple dedicated to the god Inshushinak, until its destruction in 640BC. The well-preserved brickwork contains cuneiform (the world's first alphabet) inscriptions. The site around the zuggurant contains evidence of the early qanat water channels that brought water from an incredible 45km away. It is located on the southwest of Iran, 80 km (50 mi) north of Ahvaz.



                   Naghshe Jahan Square 1979


Zigurat of Choghazanbil 1979                                                Takht-e Soleyman 2003                 



                                Pasargadae 2004                           Bam and its Cultural Landscape 2004


                                 Soltaniyeh Dome 2005

                                                       Bistoon 2006



Armenian Monastic Assembles of Iran 2008                          Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System 2009


        Sheikh Safi Al-din Khaneghah in Ardebil 2010                     Tabriz Historic Bazzar Complex 2010



                           The Persian Gardens 2011                                              Isfahan Jameh Mosque 2012



                                Gonbad-e Qabus 2012                                                        Golestan Palace 2013



                                 Shahre Sukhte 2014                                             Cultural Landscape of Meymand 2015




                                          Susa 2015


UNESCO intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO registered 10 intangible cultural heritages from Iran which shows worldwide awareness and concern for protecting and preservation of ancient traditions which still exist in Iranian Culture.

                             Radif of Iranian Music 2009                                                         Nowrouz 2009


     Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan 2010                Traditional skills of carpet weaving in Fars


                  Ritual dramatic art of Taaziye 2010                                      Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei Rituals 2010


              Music of Bakhshis in Khorasan 2010             Traditional skills of building and sailing iranian Lenj boats 
                                                                                                                     in the Persian Gulf 2010


             Naghaali, Iranian dramatic story-telling 2011               Ghaalishuyan rituals of Mashad-e Ardehal
                                                                                                                               in Kashan 2012