List of World Heritage sites in Iran

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.[2] Iran accepted the convention on 26 February 1975, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2018, twenty-three sites in Iran are included.[1]

The first three sites in Iran, Meidan Emam, Isfahan, Persepolis and Tchogha Zanbil, were inscribed on the list at the 3rd Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Paris, France in 1979.[3] They remained the Islamic Republic's only listed properties until 2003, when Takht-e Soleyman was added to the list.[4] The latest addition was The Sassanid Archaeological Landscape, inscribed in 2018.

In addition to its inscribed sites, Iran also lists fifty-five properties on its tentative list.[5]

World Heritage sites[edit]

The table is sortable by column by clicking on the Sort both.gif at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the site, area, and year columns; by state party for the location column; and by criteria type for the Criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.

Site; named after the World Heritage Committee's official designation[6]
Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee[7]
Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A lack of value implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable
Site Image Location Criteria Area

ha (acre)

Year Description
Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran
Armenian Monastery of Saint Thaddeus - closeup.jpg
West Azerbaijan Province38°58′44″N 45°28′24″E / 38.97889°N 45.47333°E / 38.97889; 45.47333 Cultural:IrnArm

(ii)(iii)(vi)

129 (320) 2008 [8]
Bam and its Cultural Landscape BAM IR2726.JPG Kerman Province29°07′00″N 58°22′00″E / 29.11667°N 58.36667°E / 29.11667; 58.36667 Cultural:IrnBam

(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

2004 [9]
Bisotun Darius I the Great's inscription.jpg Kermanshah Province34°23′18″N 47°26′12″E / 34.38833°N 47.43667°E / 34.38833; 47.43667 Cultural:IrnBis

(ii)(iii)

187 (460) 2006 [10]
Cultural Landscape of Maymand Maymand village.jpg Kerman Province30°10′05″N 55°22′32″E / 30.16806°N 55.37556°E / 30.16806; 55.37556 Cultural:IrnCul

(v)

4,954 (12,240) 2015 [11]
Gonbad-e Qābus Gonbad-e Qabus tower2017-1.jpg Golestan Province37°15′29″N 55°10′08″E / 37.25806°N 55.16889°E / 37.25806; 55.16889 Cultural:IrnGon

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

1 (2.5) 2012 [12]
Golestan Palace Golestan door.JPG Tehran35°40′47″N 51°25′13″E / 35.67972°N 51.42028°E / 35.67972; 51.42028 Cultural:IrnGon

(ii)(iii)(iv)

5.3 (13) 2013 [13]
Lut Desert Kaluts, Iran (5072510138).jpg Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan Provinces

30°12′58″N 58°50′20″E / 30.21611°N 58.83889°E / 30.21611; 58.83889

Natural:IrnLut

(vii)(viii)

2,278,012 (5,629,090) 2016 [14]
The Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities in Fars Province (Bishabpur, Firouzabad, Sarvestan) Palace of Ardashir.jpg Fars Province

29°46′39″N 51°34′14″E / 29.77750°N 51.57056°E / 29.77750; 51.57056

Cultural:IrnThePerQan

(ii)(iii)(v)

639.3 (1,580) 2018 [15]
Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan Jamé Mosque Esfahan courtyard.jpg Isfahan, Isfahan Province

32°40′11″N 51°41′07″E / 32.66972°N 51.68528°E / 32.66972; 51.68528

Cultural:IrnMas

(ii)

2.0756 (5.129) 2012 [16]
Naqsh-e Jahan Square Naghshe Jahan Square Isfahan modified.jpg Isfahan, Isfahan Province

32°39′27″N 51°40′40″E / 32.65750°N 51.67778°E / 32.65750; 51.67778

Cultural:IrnMei

(i)(v)(vi)

1979 [17]
Pasargadae مقبره کورش (EDITED).jpg Fars Province30°11′38″N 53°10′02″E / 30.19389°N 53.16722°E / 30.19389; 53.16722 Cultural:IrnPas

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

160 (400) 2004 [18]
Persepolis Gate of All Nations, Persepolis.jpg Fars Province29°56′04″N 52°53′25″E / 29.93444°N 52.89028°E / 29.93444; 52.89028 Cultural:IrnPer

(i)(iii)(vi)

12.5 (31) 1979 [19]
Shahr-e Sukhteh کاخ سوخته شهر سوحته.jpg Sistan and Baluchestan Province30°35′38″N 61°19′40″E / 30.59389°N 61.32778°E / 30.59389; 61.32778 Cultural:IrnPer

(ii)(iii)(iv)

275 (680) 2014 [20]
Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil Sheikh-safi tomb.JPG Ardabil Province38°14′55″N 48°17′29″E / 38.24861°N 48.29139°E / 38.24861; 48.29139 Cultural:IrnShe

(i)(ii)(iv)

2 (4.9) 2010 [21]
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System Darafsh (6).jpg Khuzestan Province32°01′07″N 48°50′09″E / 32.01861°N 48.83583°E / 32.01861; 48.83583 Cultural:IrnShu

(i)(ii)(v)

240 (590) 2009 [22]
Soltaniyeh Solt dome 1.JPG Zanjan Province36°26′07″N 48°47′48″E / 36.43528°N 48.79667°E / 36.43528; 48.79667 Cultural:IrnSha

(ii)(iii)(iv)

790 (2,000) 2005 [23]
Susa Royal City and Acropolis Tepes.jpg Khuzestan Province32°11′22″N 48°15′22″E / 32.18944°N 48.25611°E / 32.18944; 48.25611 Cultural:IrnSus

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

350 (860) 2015 [24]
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex Carpet Bazaar of Tabriz.JPG East Azerbaijan Province38°04′53″N 46°17′35″E / 38.08139°N 46.29306°E / 38.08139; 46.29306 Cultural:IrnTab

(ii)(iii)(iv)

29 (72) 2010 [25]
Takht-e Soleyman Takht-e-soleiman-1.jpg West Azerbaijan Province36°36′14″N 47°14′06″E / 36.60389°N 47.23500°E / 36.60389; 47.23500 Cultural:IrnTak

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

10 (25) 2003 [26]
Tchogha Zanbil ChoghaZanbil Darafsh (17).jpg Khuzestan Province32°05′00″N 48°32′00″E / 32.08333°N 48.53333°E / 32.08333; 48.53333 Cultural:IrnTch

(iii)(iv)

1979 [27]
The Persian Garden 40sotoon.jpg Many Provinces (Fars, Kerman, Razavi Khorasan, Yazd, Mazandaran, and Isfahan Provinces) Cultural:IrnThePerGar

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

716 (1,770) 2011 [28]
The Persian Qanat Qanat Niavaran.jpg Razavi Khorasan, South Khorasan, Yazd, Kerman, Markazi and Isfahan Provinces

34°17′24″N 58°39′16″E / 34.29000°N 58.65444°E / 34.29000; 58.65444

Cultural:IrnThePerQan

(iii)(iv)

2016 [29]
Historic City of Yazd Yazd Unesco.jpg Yazd, Yazd Province

31°53′50″N 54°22′4″E / 31.89722°N 54.36778°E / 31.89722; 54.36778

Cultural:IrnThePerQan

(iii)(v)

195.67 (483.5) 2017 [30]

Tentative list[edit]

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, member states can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. Nominations for the World Heritage list are only accepted if the site was previously listed on the tentative list.[31] As of February 2018, Iran lists fifty-six properties on its tentative list:[5]

Name Image Location Category

Criteria

Reference

Date
Alisadr Cave علی صدر3.jpg Hamadan Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)

5220

09/08/2007
Arasbaran Protected Area The misty mountains.jpg Azerbaijan Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5217

09/08/2007
Asbads (windmill) of Iran Khurasan-e Razavi, Sistan and Balochestan Cultural

(i)(ii)(iv)(v)

6192

02/02/2017
Bastam and Kharghan Bastam05.jpg Cultural

(ii)(iii)(iv)

5198

09/08/2007
Bazaar of Qaisariye in Laar Laar, Fars Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(vi)

5196

09/08/2007
Cultural Landscape of Alamout Qazvin - Alamout Castle.jpg Village of Alamout,

Qazvin

Mixed

(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)(viii)

5206

09/08/2007
Damavand Damavand Arad.jpg Tehran Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5278

05/02/2008
Firuzabad Ensemble Firozahur.jpg Firuzabad, Fars Cultural

893

22/05/1997
Ghaznavi- Seljukian Axis in Khorasan Sharaf-1.jpg Khorasan Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

5211

09/08/2007
Hamoun Lake Sistan and Baluchistan Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5276

05/02/2008
Harra Protected Area Hara Forest Qeshm Island.jpg Hormozgan Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5277

05/02/2008
Hegmataneh Hamadan Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

5272

05/02/2008
Historic ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin Qasr-e Shrin, Kermanshah Province Cultural

889

22/05/1997
Historic Monument of Kangavar Anahita temple Iran.jpg Kangavar, Kermanshah Province Cultural

(iii)

5189

09/08/2007
Historical Ensemble of Qasr-e Shirin Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah Province Cultural

(ii)(iv)

5188

09/08/2007
Hyrcanian Forest (Caspian Forest) Caspian sea between clouds 2 - panoramio.jpg Hyrcanian forest covered some parts of Three provinces of Iran including: Golestan Province: The entirety of the southern and southwestern areas as well as parts of the eastern regions of the Gorgan plain is covered with Hyrcanian forest, totaling an area Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5214

09/08/2007
Imam Reza Holy Complex Imam-Reza-shrine-mashhad-Iran ایران-مشهد-حرم-علی-ابن-موسی-الرضا 09.jpg Mashhad, Khurasan-e Razavi Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

6194

02/02/2017
Industrial Heritage of textile in the central Plateau of Iran Isfahan, Yazd and Kerman Provinces Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

6196

02/02/2017
Jame' (Congregational) Mosque of Isfahan Jame Mosque of Esfahan 01.jpg Isfahan Province Cultural

888

22/05/1997
Jiroft Kerman Province Cultural

(ii)(iii)(v)(vi)

5210

09/08/2007
Kaboud Mosque Kaboud mosque - tabriz.jpg Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

5202

09/08/2007
Kerman Historical-Cultural Structure Kerman Province Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

5271

05/02/2008
Khabr National Park and Ruchun Wildlife Refuge Kerman Province Natural

(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

5219

09/08/2007
Khorramabad Valley Khorramabad, Luristan Province Cultural

(i)(iii)(iv)(v)

5209

09/08/2007
Kuh-e Khuaja Zabol, Sistan and Baluchistan Province Cultural

(ii)(iii)(iv)

5184

09/08/2007
Nasqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab 20101229 Naqsh e Rostam Shiraz Iran more Panoramic.jpg Marvdasht, Fars Province Cultural

598

22/05/1997
Natural-Historical Complex / Cave of Karaftoo Kurdistan Province Mixed 02/02/2017
Persepolis and other relevant buildings Persepolis iran.jpg Fars Province Cultural 09/08/2007
Persian Caravanserai Izadkhast Old Caravanserai Iran.jpg Khurasan-e Razavi, Isfahan and Yazd Provinces Cultural 02/02/2017
Qeshm Island Beach Qeshm Island.jpg Hormozgan province Natural 09/08/2007
Sabalan Sabalan - panoramio - Farid Atar (9).jpg Ardabil Province Natural 09/08/2007
Salt Domes of Iran Fars Province, Bushehr, Hormozgan, Qom and Zanjan Natural 02/02/2017
Shush Shush Castle Darafsh (7).jpg 100 km south of Ahvaz, Khuzestan province Cultural 22/05/1997
Silk Route (Also as Silk Road) Khorasan Province Cultural

(i)

05/02/2008
Tape Sialk Tepe Sialk, Kashan, Irán, 2016-09-19, DD 25.jpg Isfahan Province Cultural 22/05/1997
Taq-e Bostan Taq-e Bostan - equestrian statue.jpg Kermanshah, Kermanshah Province Cultural 09/08/2007
The Collection of Historical Bridges Kizil Hauzen Bridge 2013.jpg Lorestan Province Cultural 05/02/2008
The Complex of Izadkhast Iran - Fars - Old Historical Castle in Izadkhast - panoramio.jpg Fars Province Cultural 09/08/2007
The Cultural Landscape of Uramanat Uramanat Village, Kurdistan Province Cultural 09/08/2007
The Cultural-Natural Landscape of Ramsar City of Ramsar, Province of Mazandaran Mixed 09/08/2007
The Great Wall of Gorgan Golestan Province Cultural 02/02/2017
The Historical City of Masouleh Masouleh -Iran.jpg City of Masouleh, Gilan Province Cultural 09/08/2007
The Historical City of Maybod Meybod 13.jpg Maybod, Yazd Province Cultural 09/08/2007
The Historical Port of Siraf Siraf beach02.JPG Province of Bushehr Cultural

(v)

09/08/2007
The Historical Texture of Damghan Cheshmeh-Ali by Hadi Karimi.jpg Semnan Province Cultural

(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

09/08/2007
The Historical Village of Abyaneh Abyane.3.jpg Village of Abyaneh, Isfahan Province Cultural

(ii)(iii)(iv)

09/08/2007
The Historical–Cultural Axis of Fin, Sialk, Kashan Mezquita de Agha Bozorg, Kashan, Irán, 2016-09-19, DD 81.jpg Isfahan Province, Kashan Cultural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

09/08/2007
The Natural-Historical Landscape of Izeh Khuzestan Province Natural

(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)

05/02/2008
The Persian House in Central plateau of Iran Isfahan and Yazd Provinces Cultural

(ii)(iv)(v)(vi)

02/02/2017
The Zandiyeh Ensemble of Fars Province Karim Khan Citadel, Shiraz.jpg Shiraz, Fars Province Cultural

(vi)

5270

05/02/2008
Touran Biosphere Reserve Cloud forest, Olang, Kahr Turan National Park پانی آبادیها درجنگل ابر، اولنگ، پارک ملی خارتوران - panoramio.jpg Semnan Province Natural

(x)

5275

05/02/2008
Tous Cultural Landscape Haruniyeh.JPG Tous, Khorasan Province Cultural

(iii)(iv)(vi)

5203

09/08/2007
Trans-Iranian Railway Veresk 01 - panoramio.jpg Mazandaran, Tehran and Khuzestan Provinces Cultural

(ii)(vi)

6195

02/02/2017
University of Tehran University of Tehran main entrance.jpg Tehran Province Cultural

(ii)(vi)

6201

02/02/2017
Zozan Province of Khorasan Cultural

(ii)(iii)(iv)

5208

09/08/2007

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