National Webinar on the History and Arts of Western Iran
TEHRAN – Dozens of historians, archaeologists, as well as cultural heritage and art experts were invited to discuss Western Iranian civilizations during a national webinar on Monday.
Organized by the Iranology Foundation, the event is expected to focus on the history, arts and culture of Ilam, Kordestan and Kermanshah provinces, ILNA reported.
The webinar is part of a larger series that covers all corners of Iran, the outcome of which should mark a turning point in Iranian studies and help strengthen national identity, organizers said.
Steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty, many western Iranian cities are still considered lesser-known or less-loved travel destinations.
Home to nearly half of the country’s UNESCO sites, western Iran is home to hospitable people, wild extremes, and wilder history, and it can be an independent traveler’s adventure playground. The region has also witnessed the rise and fall of many great empires that once bordered Mesopotamia, Ottoman Turkey, and Tsarist Russia.
Experts say western Iran is a lover’s paradise. Last year, UNESCO inscribed the Iranian Cultural Landscape of Uramanat on its list of World Heritage Sites. It has dense, stepped rows of houses so that the roof of each house forms the courtyard of the upper part, a feature that adds to its charm and appeal.
Stretched out on the slopes of Sarvabad County and shared between Kordestan and Kermanshah provinces in western Iran, Uramanat encompasses hundreds of villages, 106,000 hectares of land and 303,000 hectares of surrounding properties.
Over the past two years, the western provinces of Iran have held several meetings to discuss ways to develop tourism, bringing together local officials, hoteliers, travel agents and tour operators from the provinces of Lorestan, Ilam, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. , Kermanshah, Kordestan, Hamedan, Zanjan and East Azerbaijan, among others.
The Islamic Republic hopes to take advantage of its many tourist sites such as bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, public baths, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers and mansions, 26 of which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As part of the Tourism Vision 2025 plan, Iran aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2025.