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Yazd’s Ganjali Khan Caravanserai Receives UNESCO Award




16 September 2005


Yazd’s Ganjali Khan Caravanserai has received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation, the Yazd Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department announced on Friday.


The caravanserai is unique for its architecture and tile work.


Ganjali Khan was an official during the reign of Shah Abbas of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722). As governor of Kerman province he constructed many monuments and buildings. The Ganjali Khan Complex has a school, a square, a caravanserai, a public bathhouse, a reservoir, a mint, a mosque, and a bazaar. Inscriptions in the complex record the exact date when each place was built.


The Yazd Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department has conducted several renovation and conservation projects on the Ganjali Khan Caravanserai in recent years. 


The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation have been established to recognize the achievement of individuals and organizations within the private sector, and the public-private initiatives, in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in the region.


UNESCO's mandate is to promote the stewardship of the world's cultural resources, including the built heritage which constitutes our collective cultural memory, and the foundation upon which communities can construct their future. In Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO supports conservation activists at all levels, and particularly seeks to encourage the role of the private sector in preserving the region's cultural heritage.  




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