80 aging monuments undergoing restoration in western Azerbaijan
TEHRAN – A total of 80 historic buildings and aging structures scattered across the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan have undergone rehabilitation works, the provincial tourism chief said.
As part of the project, the historic monuments of the 22nd Bahman School and the Dizaj Siavosh Mansion are being restored in collaboration with the private sector, Jalil Jabari said on Tuesday.
Both structures are expected to turn into museums after being fully restored, the official added.
Several other buildings require urgent restoration, he noted.
Around 1,700 properties have been registered as national heritage across the province, the annual upkeep and maintenance of which requires 200 billion rials ($ 4.7 million at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials per dollar), a- he explained.
West Azerbaijan includes a variety of lush natural landscapes, cultural heritage sites and museums, including the UNESCO sites of Takht-e Soleyman and Qareh Klise (Monastery of St. Thaddeus), Teppe Hasanlu and the Citadel in ruin of Bastam.
The region was home to several ancient civilizations. According to Britannica, it was conquered by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC and was named Atropatene after one of Alexander’s generals, Atropates, who established a small kingdom there. Ultimately, the region returned to Persian (Iranian) rule under the Sassanids in the 3rd century CE.
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