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Published: 0123 GMT August 14, 2021
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‘550 cultural heritage associations established to attract public participation in preserving monuments in Khorasan Razavi Province’

‘550 cultural heritage associations established to attract public participation in preserving monuments in Khorasan Razavi Province’
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A view of Haruniyeh Dome in Tus, Khorasan Razavi Province

Iranica Desk

One of the main goals of forming cultural heritage associations in Khorasan Razavi Province is to use public capacities to preserve and protect historical monuments as well as to prevent the occurrence of heritage violations and the destruction of historical monuments, said the head of the Cultural Heritage Associations of Khorasan Razavi, Mehdi Alipour Mohammadiyeh.

Pointing out that 550 cultural heritage associations have been established in Iran’s northeastern province so far, Alipour said attracting public participation, promoting cooperation between the people and officials in preserving historical monuments, as well as research and introducing the local and indigenous customs and traditions are among the goals of the associations.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, the head of the Cultural Heritage Associations of Khorasan Razavi said these associations actually are the link between the villages and the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts departments across Khorasan Razavi Province.

Referring to 1,500 historical monuments in the province, he said the monuments are scattered over 1,200 different sites, adding that most of these places include villages and remote areas that are not easily accessible.

“The distance of many of these monuments to the city center is one hundred kilometers or more, and this is regarded as the main barrier to getting the facilities necessary for continuous surveillance and maintenance of the monuments,” Alipour said.

“Therefore,” he added, “the function of these associations, at first, is to inspect historical monuments.”

As the honorary representatives in the villages, Alipour said, the association members assist the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts departments in preserving and maintaining the monuments.

He said that out of 1,200 historical sites, 550 associations have been established in villages, while the formation of associations in 650 other sites is underway.

He said, however, that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a key obstacle to the rapid formation of these associations.

According to the official, the members take part in training courses on cultural heritage and historical monuments to assist the protection units of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts departments in preserving and maintaining the historical monuments.

According to the articles of association, members can report violations in the field of historical monuments, Alipour said, adding that they also warn about any natural threats to the monuments to prevent possible damages.

The head of the Cultural Heritage Associations of Khorasan Razavi said the associations in rural areas assist the cultural heritage departments in identifying and introducing local and indigenous customs and traditions.

He said that they also introduce the artists and masters in various fields of handicrafts of the province to get the support of the departments.

Alipour said that with the support of the Cultural Heritage Associations of Khorasan Razavi, many training workshops were held in the villages to introduce and develop handicrafts. He added that the workshops helped to expand home-based businesses in towns and villages.

With the cooperation of the people, the associations managed to create about 200 ecotourism centers in the villages, leading to a boost in tourism.

 

 

   
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