• Italian marathon runner Paolo Venturini in an undated photo. 2017-06-23 10:37

    Italian runner to defy Iran’s hot desert with eye on world record

    TEHRAN – Italian marathon runner Paolo Venturini is slated to run across Iran’s Lut Desert, known as the hottest spot on Earth, to try and set a Guinness World Record, Mehr reported on Tuesday.

  • An undated photo shows a circle of foreign and domestic visitors to the ruins of Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran. 2017-06-21 17:32

    Iran sets sights on 6.5m foreign tourist arrivals

    TEHRAN – Iran aims to draw some 6.5 million foreign travelers by the end of the current calendar year 1396 (March 20, 2018), though the country’s tourism infrastructure and public services are in need to be improved, a senior tourism official said on Monday.

  •  Foreign traverses are seen during their visit to the Tabātabāei House, 19th-century tourist destination in Kashan, Iran. 2017-06-20 09:42

    Kashan tourist arrivals rise 62% y/y

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign tourists visiting the central city of Kashan rose 62 percent to 16,300 during April 4 to June 5 in comparison to the same period last year, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • Picture depicts a detail of Iranian historical relics repatriated from Belgium, Italy and the U.S. during an exhibit at the National Museum of Iran on February 6, 2017. 2017-06-10 18:01

    ICOM to draw up Iranian antiquities ‘red list’

    TEHRAN – The Iranian National Committee for ICOM (the International Council of Museums) aims to make a red list of nationwide historical relics and cultural objects that are highly at risk of damage, missing, or smuggling.

  • The skyline of Yazd, a historical city in central Iran that embraces rich cultural heritage and traditional architecture. 2017-05-27 18:56

    UNESCO World Heritage Committee to put Yazd to vote in July

    TEHRAN – The ancient city of Yazd, central Iran, will be assessed as a candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, which will be held on July 2-12 in Krakow, Poland.

  • The ruins of Sassanid-era Bishapur Royal Palace in Fars province 2017-05-27 18:55

    UNESCO experts to assess Iran’s natural, historical sites

    TEHRAN – A delegation of the UNESCO World Heritage specialists is scheduled to travel to Iran in summer in order to assess Arasbaran Protected Area in the northeast and the Ensemble of Historical Sassanid Cities in the south of the country.

  • A Westerner couple pose for a photo at the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan on November 9, 2016. The Safavid-era Ali Qapu Palace in seen in the background. 2017-05-25 14:17

    Isfahan marks monthly record for tourist visits

    Isfahan province hosted 123,000 foreign tourists in Ordibehesht - the second Iranian calendar month (April 21 – May 21) - the provincial tourism chief Rasoul Zargarpour said on Tuesday.

  • Tourists walk through the Persepolis archeological site in southern Iran. It was a ceremonial capital of Persian Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). 2017-05-22 20:31

    Travelers find absolute bargains whilst trekking in Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran is extraordinarily easy on the wallet since travel costs including the ones for food, accommodation and transportation are fairly low.

  • A man fills his sacks with damask roses he picks on the outskirts of Kashan May 3, 2017. 2017-05-17 19:52

    Rosewater festivals take center stage in central Iran

    TEHRAN - Each spring rosewater distillation ceremonies, known as Golab-giri, take center stage in central Iran, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Kashan and its neighboring towns and villages from early May to mid-June.

  • A view of the UNESCO-inscribed historical bazaar in Tabriz 2017-05-14 09:27

    Museum of bazaar and occupations opens in Tabriz

    TEHRAN – A three-story museum complex dedicated to traditional bazaar (marketplace) of Tabriz and its associated occupations has opened its doors to the public in the northwestern Iranian city.

  • Arg-e Bam 2017-05-13 15:36

    Arg-e Bam, an architectural masterpiece

    The Arg-e Bam citadel, located in Bam, a city in the southeastern province of Kerman, can be traced back to the sixth century B.C. It was the largest adobe monument in the world made of unbaked clay bricks. But a major quake seriously damaged it in 2003. However, experts are rebuilding the architectural masterpiece. Bam and its Cultural Landscape is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site. Tehran Times / Asghar Khamseh

  • People visit the 14th-centuruy Mausoleum of Oljaytu, a UNESCO site located in Soltaniyeh, Zanjan province 2017-05-08 21:26

    Mausoleum of Oljaytu reveals 14th-century Persian architecture

    TEHRAN – A UNESCO World Heritage site, the 14th-century Mausoleum of Oljaytu is highly recognized as an architectural masterpiece particularly due to its innovative double-shelled dome and elaborate interior decoration.

  • Ayatollah Khamenei 2017-05-07 20:30

    Leader urges huge turnout to secure Iran against enemies

    TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for a massive turnout in the upcoming presidential election, saying the presence of the people would strengthen the country against its enemies.

  • An undated photo depicts a man snapping photos at the picturesque Chahkooh Canyon on Qeshm Island. 2017-05-06 20:15

    Iran’s Qeshm Island becomes UNESCO Global Geopark

    TEHRAN – The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has registered Iran’s southern Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf on its Global Geoparks list.

  • A patchwork of traditional Iranian vessels meticulously inlaid with enamel 2017-05-04 11:43

    Exemplary Iranian craftspeople honored

    TEHRAN – A number of exemplary Iranian craftspeople were honored in a ceremony, which was hosted by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization in Tehran on Tuesday.

  • Esther Kuisch Laroche 2017-05-03 17:55

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    We cannot afford to waste wastewater: UNESCO representative to Iran

    TEHRAN — “At the time when demand is growing and limited resources are increasingly stressed by over extraction, pollution and climate change, we simply cannot neglect the opportunities from improved wastewater management; we cannot afford to waste wastewater,” said UNESCO representative to Iran on Tuesday.

  • An undated photo depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. The 17th-century square is bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-s 2017-05-02 09:13

    Isfahan’s foreign tourist arrivals break 40-year-record

    TEHRAN – Some 85 thousand foreign travelers visited Isfahan during the first Iranian month of Farvardin (Mar. 21 to Apr. 20), setting a new record for the past 40 years, Isfahan Governor General says.

  • A poster for the 3rd International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival 2017-05-01 18:59

    12 countries to attend Zanjan gastronomy festival

    TEHRAN – The historical city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran, will play host to the 3rd International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival with the theme of “Together for Sustainable Tourism” from May 10 to 12. ECO stands for Economic Cooperation Organization.

  •  Photo shows a collection of Iranian potteries that are meticulously inlaid with enamel 2017-04-22 18:10

    Annual handicraft exports at $237m: tourism chief

    TEHRAN – Iran exported $237 million of handicrafts in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, IRNA quoted the head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization as saying.

  • A view of the UNESCO-registered Saint Thaddeus Monastery on the outskirts of Maku in northwast Iran. 2017-04-20 11:13

    Maku seeks World Heritage listing for historic sites

    TEHRAN – Maku, a northwestern Iranian city teemed with abundant historical places and natural beauties, keeps an eye on possible inscription of its sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2021.

  • Golden Eagle passengers arrive in Isfahan on April 12, 2017. 2017-04-18 12:18

    Intl. tourists aboard Golden Eagle visit World Heritage sites in Iran

    TEHRAN – On Saturday, a group of foreign tourists aboard a Golden Eagle luxury train, known as a 5-star hotel on wheels, visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites, which are scattered across Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.

  • َA poster for “Iran, Ancient Culture between Water and Desert” exhibit in Bonn, Germany 2017-04-13 02:52

    Prehistoric Iran, Persian Garden under spotlight at German museum

    TEHRAN – Separate exhibitions on Iran’s prehistoric cultural heritage and Persian Garden open to the public today at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany -- Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – in Bonn.

  • An undated photo shows a circle of foreign and domestic travelers visiting the ruins of Persepolis in southern Iran. 2017-04-12 17:49

    Iran moves up in travel and tourism competitiveness rankings

    TEHRAN - Iran ranked 93rd out of 136 countries in the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, jumping four positions in the biennial report released by the World Economic Forum.

  • A file photo shows people visiting the three-story Amir Chakhmaq Complex in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-04-06 22:15

    WTTC sees Iran’s intl. tourist arrivals to rise by 11.6% in 2017

    TEHRAN - Iran’s emergent tourism sector is expected to ramp up by 11.6 percent in 2017 by scoring over 5.5 million international tourist arrivals, the World Travel and Tourism Council suggested.

  • A view of Bisotun bas-relief in Kermanshah Province, western Iran. It is associated with the Achaemenid king Darius I and bears three different cuneiform script languages. 2017-03-29 16:33

    Bisotun bears testimony to eloquent art scene of prehistoric Iran

    TEHRAN – Bisotun bas-relief bears exceptional testimony to the distinctive visual arts in prehistoric Iran. It is nested on an elevated limestone cliff of a mountain of the same name in Iran’s western Kermanshah Province.

  • An undated photo above shows people doing their new year shopping ahead of Noruz in Tehran. 2017-03-23 02:14

    UNESCO chief calls Noruz cradle of confidence, belonging for all

    TEHRAN - The head of the United Nations cultural agency has said that amid global challenges such as violent extremism, Noruz is a source of confidence and belonging for all.

  • An interior view of the historical Golestan Palace in the heart of Tehran 2017-03-21 18:48

    Intl. figures to celebrate Noruz at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization will host an international celebration of Noruz on March 26 at the historical Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran. 

  • Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground. 2017-03-20 23:17

    Noruz in snapshot

    Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, an archeological site located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. 2017-03-14 09:27

    Sistan-Baluchestan to turn into tourist hub

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination.

  • Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (2nd from R) visits a handicrafts exhibit at the parliament premises in Tehran on March 4, 2017. 2017-03-07 11:55

    Majlis, MPO host handicrafts exhibits

    TEHRAN – To promote traditional skills and crafts, two separate handicrafts exhibits are being held at the parliament (Majlis) and the Management and Planning Organization, both in Tehran.