0837 GMT September 23, 2019
“The port city, along with other 50 historical sites of Iran, is currently on the UNESCO's Temporary World Heritage List,” he said, adding the NGOs can help preserve and register more such sites globally.
“Cultural heritage NGOs with 20,000 members are active across the country. The NGOs have been launched with the aim of safeguarding national heritage sites,” he said.
The official said 19 Iranian heritage sites have so far been registered on the World Heritage List including Persian Gardens and Imam Square (Naqsh-e Jahan Square) in Isfahan.
“The dossier of Iran’s cisterns is under preparation for submission to UNESCO for global registration,” he said.
He noted that Iran has prepared the dossier of its first natural heritage, which includes 200,000 hectares of Dasht-e Lut (Lut Desert), for global registration.
The official said the eight years of Iraqi-imposed war (1980-88) caused Iran to lag behind other nations with regard to the number of cultural and natural heritages that have been registered on World Heritage List.
The ancient city of Siraf was once a thriving city. Its architecture resembles that of Masouleh in northern Gilan province.
Followers of different religions including Zoroastrians, Christians, Jews and Buddhists, used to coexist in tranquility in Siraf. People from other nations, including China, Greece and Rome, were also formed a major section of Siraf’s population.
Iran had lucrative trade links with Europe, Africa and Asia during the Sassanid era so that trade with large volume was conducted between Iran and Asian, African and European nations. Goods were traded via Siraf port.
Pottery works, textiles, jewelries and the architectural remains of dwellings are testimonies to the lifestyle of ancient residents of Siraf.