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Abyaneh Residents Donate artifacts to Assist Registering their Ancient Village on UNESCO list


News Category: Cultural

 06 December 2005



The beautiful settlement of ancient Abyaneh is in need of a large museum to help register the village on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.

The residents of Abyaneh want to donate historical artifacts to their local museum, but there is insufficient space.


The director of the Research Center of Abyaneh believes that the 100-square-meter museum is inadequate, explaining, “The museum was established by the people. They are very interested in the museum and are willing to donate their historical items, but, unfortunately, there is not enough space.”


On the idea of enlarging the museum, Azimeh Riyahi said that winter will restrict the construction activities, so it is hoped that the construction process will begin when it gets warm.


Experts are planning to make use of the current museum building, part of which is occupied by the research center, and Riyahi thinks that the whole building will be dedicated to the museum.


Abyaneh, located on the northwestern slope of Mount Karkas in Isfahan Province , 70 kilometers southeast of Kashan, is one of Iran ’s oldest villages.


With its unique reddish structures, it is like a living architectural and anthropological museum.


The village attracts a great number of Iranian and foreign tourists throughout the year, especially for its traditional feasts and ceremonies.


It is a village of living traditions, unique architectural styles, and probably the most interesting example of human adaptation to nature.


The village is compact, with narrow and sloped lanes and houses located on the slope as if placed on a stairway. The roofs of some houses are the courtyards of other houses higher up on the slope.


There are many buildings inspired by Islamic and Zoroastrian architectural designs in the village.





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