team of international experts selected Maymand
from among the numerous villages nominated from
all over the world,” Ahmad Jalali added.
choice of Maymand shows that when Iranians respect
their monuments through restoration and
protection, the world also recognizes the work, he
is located in
and has 132 residents who have doggedly preserved
their traditions. After the recent discovery of
903 Middle Persian words from the Sassanid era in
the language of Maymand, linguists have concluded
that the language has changed little over the past
2000 years, mainly due to the isolation of the
believe that the UNESCO award will put Maymand in
the global spotlight.
selection will help introduce the village to the
world, said Shirin Rohani, the director of the
department responsible for providing documents for
Iranian cultural items and monuments of
’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO).
choice is a sign of Iranian experts’ proficiency
in restoration of monuments and cultural sites,”
noted Mohammad Beheshti, the director of the
prize, which includes $20,000 in cash, will be
awarded at the UNESCO Headquarters in
on September 7.
purpose of the Melina Mercouri International Prize
is to reward outstanding examples of action to
safeguard and enhance the world’s major cultural
is named after Melina Mercouri, a pioneer in the
field of integrated conservation and sustainable
development, a talented actress, and a former
minister of culture of
prize was awarded for the first time on
November 2, 1999
and since then it is presented every two years in
September by the director-general of UNESCO.
prize may be awarded either to an individual or to
a group, working in a personal capacity or as
staff member(s) of a private or public institution
chosen by the director-general of UNESCO on the
recommendation of an international jury.