0327 GMT February 25, 2020
Hossein Khajeh-Bidokhti added that the houses are to be renovated and revived.
They will be converted into traditional lodging and reception complex, he said. After ratification of the plan and renovation operations, the houses would be exploited under supervision of technical observers of Iran's Revitalization and Utilization Fund for Historical Places, he added.
Khajeh-Bidokhti also said the investor should exploit the monument in tandem with its historical capacity.
Also, Shah Abbasi Caravanserai in Damghan and Miandasht Caravanserai in Shahroud will be ceded to the private investor, he added.
Historical houses of Taheri and Rajabi in Semnan and caravanserais of Dehnamak, Miandasht and Shah Abbasi have so far been ceded to private sector, he said.
In addition, Eivanaki Caravanserais also being ceded, he added.
Mir-Rahimi Edifice and Ebrahimi House in Damghan ― constructed in Qajar era ― have been registered on the National Heritage List.
Damghan, a city in the central plateau of Iran, has a 7,000-year history. It is one of the most ancient metropolises of Iran and holds many secrets. The city sits on the outskirts of a desert and is bordered by sand-dunes.
Its numerous historical monuments, including Tarikhaneh ― built during the Sassanid rule ― and Tappeh Hessar from the Medes, Parthian and Sassanid periods, bear testimony to the fact that Damghan has witnessed many historical epochs.
Damghan also has buildings from Seljuk and other periods.
Historiographers ascribe the construction of Damghan to Houshang, Kioumars’ great grandson and the founder of the legendary Pishdadi Dynasty. The historical town has inherited various names such as Qoumes that was a province stretching from Sabzevar to Garmsar, from the north up to the Alborz Mountain Range and to Lut Desert in the south.
Up to the first century CE, Damghan was the capital of that great province. During Alexander’s invasion of Iran, the Greeks called it Hecatompylos. In fact, the Greeks called every big and important city hecatompylos and they have recorded a similar big and bustling Egyptian city with that appellation.