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A Living Fossil at Tehran Zoo

With its large yellow crown, Grey Crowned Crane has an odd charm of its own. It is one of the world’s rarest birds, with subspecies: East African Crowned Cranes (Balearic regulorum gibbericeps) and South African Crowned Cranes (Balearic regulorum regulorum).The reasons for the species’ decline are not known for certain but International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) says the species is threatened by the loss and degradation of wetland breeding areas through dr ...

Jameh Mosque of Ardestan

The Jameh Mosque of Ardestan, in central Iran, is of high historical importance as it incorporates successive architectural styles of the Sassanid’s, Buyids, Seljuk’s and Safavids.However, a majority of what visitors to the mosque see dates from the Seljuk era (ca. 1040–1196).Located in a city of the same name in Isfahan Province, the two-story hypostyle mosque has a four- portico (iwan) courtyard surrounded by encircling arcades. The mosque is part of a larger premises that also includes ...

Unique Structure of Water Conductivity in Sepahbod Khorshid Cave

The intricate structure of waterway network in Sepahbod Khorshid Cave is the unique defensive architecture belonging to the Sassanid era on high mountains which overlooks a stronghold through hidden channels and water storage in the unique water reservoirs, Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) reported. The RICHT Public Relations Office quoted Head of the Archeological Studies of the Cave, situated in Saved Kouh in Mazandaran, Saman Towfiq, as saying the structure is the p ...

Mount Pardis said to be Nearest Point on Earth to Sun

The enigmatic Mount Pardis, said to be the nearest point on the earth to the sun, is situated neighboring the Persian Gulf in southern Iran. The mount, adjacent to the equator, is also known as Pooz (snout) as it resembles a peculiar snout shape. Meanwhile, it is sometimes called Jam as it has been named after the county where it is located in Bushehr Province. There are also some accounts saying the mount has a high power of magnetic attrac- tion. Locals believe that passing cars are slightly p ...

Fajr Festival to go online to reach out to Music Fans

The 32nd Fajr International Music Festival will be held online for the first time to draw more audience, said the director of the festival. Hamidreza Nourbakhsh added, “We are living in an era which has no boundaries and all cultural events will be available for everyone; Fajr festivals are no exception and we always lacked enough room for a large number of audience.” Usually people living in Tehran had access to the festival’s programs while those in other cities and provinces were depriv ...

Iranian, Italian Archeologists to Reconstruct Burnt City

Iranian and Italian archeologists are studying animal and plant remains in an effort to reconstruct the nature of the Burnt City in the third millennium, the Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) reported. RICHT Public Relations Office quoted Iranian head of the joint project Hossein Moradi as saying the first season of interdisciplinary studies and review of the precinct and privacy of the Burnt City has been launched in cooperation with of t ...

Great Monuments of Sassanid era Discovered in Ilam Prov

The salvage exploration in Kaafari mountain pass in Ilam Province has led to the discovery of a historic monuments dating back to the Sassanid era, the Public Relations Office of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) reported. The monuments were discovered with arched roofs, niche, base of the remained columns with plaster decorations, decorative bricks, clays and colorful glass pieces. RICHT Public Relations Office quoted Head of the exploration team in Kaafari mountai ...

Carpet Museum of Iran Puts Spotlight on Handwoven Baluchi Products

Total of 28 handwoven Baluchi products crafted by southeastern Iranian inhabitants are on display at the Carpet Museum of Iran. The exhibit, which also embraces kilims and rugs along with variety of indigenous spreads and saddlebags, runs through Mar. 5, Mehr news agency reported. Baluchi rugs are usually all wool, but their material may also include goat and camel hair, cotton for whites, and in some cases a few knots of silk. The knotting is customarily asymmetrical. Patterns of such carpets a ...