The report below in Persian (after the English text and pictures) was issued by the Pasargard Foundation (The International Committe to Save Pasargard).

The site of “Bagh e Shahzadeh”باغ شاهزاده

[literally: Garden of the Prince] was listed as yet another World Hertiage site in the 35th meeting  by UNESCO. The Bagh e Shahzadeh”باغ شاهزادهhas now become the 13th site in Iran to become a World Heritage site.  Persian Gardens have been renowned since the days of Cyrus the Great.

The Bagh e Shahzadeh [باغ شاهزاده] is located close the city of Mahan (Kerman province) and was built in .1881. Picture by the Pasargard Foundation. For more pictures of this site by Mehr News Service see Payvand News.

The UNESCO committee has also listed the Gardens below as World Heritage sites:

A top view of a reconstruction of the Persian garden at Pasargard [باغ پاسارگاد،]  built circa 2500 years ago, is located in Fars province, also home to  the site of Persepolis of the Achaemenids. Note water channels at rim of garden (see also History Channel program “Engineering an Empire: The Persians“).

The tower of the Persian Garden of Pahlavan-pour at Yazd [برج باغ پهلوانپور مهریز يزد]. The site was built approximately 100 years ago during the late Qajar era. Picture from the Iran Desert website.

The Persian garden at Dowlat Abad [باغ دولت آباد،]  built in 1747, the very last year of the rule of Nader Shah. Note the tower-like structure with vertical slits – this is a Badgir-the world’s first air-conditioning system invented in ancient Iran. Picture by the Iran Hamshahri Website.

The Persian Garden at Feen [باغ فین،]  of Kashan is generally traced back to the Safavid era (1501-1722). This garden is also host to the bath of Feen, where the great Qajar-era statesman, Amir Kabir (1807-1852), was brutally assassinated in 1852. Picture by the Raya website.

The Persian Garden of Chehel Sotoon [باغ چهل ستون،]  (literally: the forty columns) in Isfahan, built by Shah Abbas II (1632-1666). Picture by the JadidOnline website.

The Persian Garden of Akbariyeh [باغ اکبریه،]  built during the Qajar era (1794-1925), is located in Birjand, in southern Khorasan in northeast Iran. Picture by the website.

The Persian Garden of Abbas-Abad [باغ عباس آباد]  built by Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) is located near  Behshahr (Mazandaran province in northern Iran). This site is scheduled for excavations and research. Picture by the Memaraninfah blog.

In this year thus far (2011), the Heritage committee of UNESCO has added 25 other natural and cultural sites as World Heritage sites – bringing the grand total of such sites to 936.

Despite the fact that a large number of these UNESCO sites are located in Iran, a larger number remain untabulated due to the negligence of certain authorities today within the Iranian establsihment. This explains why Iran – a nation with civilizational roots stretching back thousands of years – currently has only 13 sites recognized by UNESCO.

Destruction at the ancient site of Susa. At left: Brick wall damaged by bulldozers (Source: Tabnak News in Iran) and at right: Hotel construction at the site of Susa (Source: Tabnak News in Iran) (Read more…)

In addition to the Bagh e Shahzadeh [باغ شاهزاده], UNESCO has in this year (2011) recognized locales in Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia  as World Heritage Sites.


“باغ شاهزاده” یکی از زیباترین آثار فرهنگی ایران در سی و پنجمین کمیته یونسکو، در  فهرست جدید میراث جهانی به ثبت رسید. در این کمیته پرونده 9 باغ که شامل باغ پاسارگاد، باغ پهلوان پور، باغ دولت آباد، باغ فین، باغ چهل ستون، باغ اکبریه، باغ عباس آباد، و باغ شاهزاده ماهان معرفی شد و باغ شاهزاده به عنوان  نمونه ی زیبایی از «باغ های ایرانی» که از دوران باستان شهرت جهانی داشته اند در آثار جهانی به ثبت رسید.

باغ شاهزاده در نزدیکی شهر ماهان قرار دارد و در سال 1260 خورشیدی ساخته شده است.

امسال کمیته میراث جهانی سازمان یونسکو 25 مکان فرهنگی و طبیعی دیگر را به فهرست میراث جهانی اضافه کرد و تعداد این آثار را به 936 رساند. که با وجود تعداد زیادی از این آثار در سرزمین مان، متاسفانه به دلیل کم کاری و بی توجهی سازمان میراث فرهنگی،  از ایران تا کنون بیش از 13 اثر به ثبت نرسیده است.

امسال علاوه بر باغ شاهزاده، آثاری از محوطه های طبیعی اسپانیا، آلمان، سوییس و ایتالیا، اسلونی نیز به فهرست جهانی پیوسته اند.