News ID: 118118
Published: 1056 GMT May 16, 2015

Arak Bazaar to be registered as world heritage site

Arak Bazaar to be registered as world heritage site

Markazi Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department seeks to prepare the grounds for global registration of Arak Bazaar on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, said the head of the department.

Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini added that initial steps have been taken to register Arak Bazaar, expressing the hope that the plan would become a reality this year.

He also said that great efforts have been made to prevent parts of the historic bazaar in Arak – which is among the outstanding places in the country – from being destroyed. He added that well-experienced experts have been invited for the restoration of the historic complex.

Arak Bazaar dates back to 200 years and has a remarkable Iranian-Islamic architecture.

Although remarkable credit has been allocated by Markazi Governor General Office for renovation of Arak Bazaar, he said, the contribution of people and shop owners is also required.

Hosseini continued that National Festival of Arak Bazaar Photo would be held in Arak during July 19-22.

It will be attended by 20 local and 30 domestic photographers, he said.

 Local photographers are to shoot photos of Arak Bazaar during July 19-22, 2015, he added. "Other photographers will also take photo in July 20."

Hosseini said the festival seeks to attract tourists.

Those who are willing to take part in the festival can register via email address, he added.

Arak Ancient Bazaar is located in old texture of the city. It is a prosperous market.

The bazaar was built upon the order of Qajar king Fathali Shah. It has a spectacular architecture.

However, parts of dome and arch coverage have collapsed due to negligence in recent years.

There are 20 halls and malls across two rows of Arak Bazaar.

Nouzari hall, which is the most beautiful part of Arak Bazaar, belongs to carpet merchants.

Arak Bazaar was registered at No. 1,285 on National Heritage List in 1974.


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