0434 GMT June 21, 2021
A series of photographs depicting the old days of Tehran will be displayed online (imam.farhangsara.ir) on the celebration of International Museum Day and the beginning of Cultural Heritage Week in Tehran today.
Containing 30 photos, mostly of the old gates to the capital, the exhibition will be available for viewers on the official website of the Imam Cultural Center until May 26, ISNA reported.
“Given the restoration of the capital and destruction of old buildings throughout the years, the new generation does not have a clear image of old Tehran. However, surviving photos of the historical monuments, especially the old gates to the city, with their mesmerizing architecture, are still fascinating and bear witness to the historic identity of some of the areas in the city,” read the introductory note for the exhibition.
“Darvazeh Dowlat, Darvazeh Qazvin, Darvazeh Shemiran, and Darvazeh Ghaar are still the names of some of the oldest neighborhoods in Tehran. The exhibition also offers beautiful photos of Darvazeh Qolhak, Darvazeh Khorasan, Darvazeh Shah Abdol-Azim, Darvazeh Yousef-Abad, Darvazeh Gomrok, and Darvazeh Khani-Abad, as well as images of old streets and buildings in Tehran.”
‘Darvazeh’ is the word for ‘gate’ in Persian.
International Museum Day (May 18), coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), highlights a specific theme each year to reflect the basis of the international museum community’s preoccupations.
“With the theme, ‘The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine,’ International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions, and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present,” the ICOM website reads.
The ICOM believes that despite the COVID-19 pandemic having swept the whole world abruptly, affecting every aspect of our lives, “the crisis also served as a catalyst for crucial innovations that were already underway, notably an increased focus on digitization and the creation of new forms of cultural experience and dissemination.”