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Non of Iranian Monuments are Among Seven Wonders of Modern World Entries


 17 January 2006



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following an announcement by a private foundation to select Seven Wonders of Modern World, a lawmaker, Hassan Abbasi has called on Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) to take action to register one of Iranian cultural heritage on the list, reported IRNA.

Abbasi recently took over as the head the parliment's' Cultural Heritage and Tourism Commission. Iran, which ranked eighth in the world in terms of possessing ancient monuments and cultural heritage sites, deserves a place on the list, he said.

Criticizing UNESCO for its failure to take action in this respect, he urged ICHTO to do its best to include Iranian cultural heritage on the list of Seven Wonders of Modern World.

He said that Iran is required to invest in promoting tourism by introducing its historical monuments to the international community.

Foundation for Seven Wonders of Modern World, which is a private enterprise, is conducting an opinion poll on 21 monuments in 2006 by interviewing people on the telephone and via the Internet to select Seven Wonders of the Modern World out of the 21 proposed monuments and will announce the outcome of the opinion poll on January 01, 2007.

The list includes the Great Wall of China, Acropolis of Athens, Coliseum of Rome, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Eiffel Tower of Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York.

The MP said that it is surprising that none of the Iranian monuments such as Persepolis, Naqsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan, which have been registered on the UNESCO List of Global Cultural Heritage, were not on the list.




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