TEHRAN – Iranian Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ezzatollah Zarghami on Monday honored exemplary masters of restoration and cultural heritage activists, ISNA reported.
Seven experienced restaurateurs including Hossein Kamali Ardakani from Yazd province, Sadreddin Shirdel from West Azerbaijan and Rahim Zamani from Markazi province were honored at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Tourism headquarters .
Azamollah Kazemi from Fars province, Reza Azami and Mehdi Pakdel, both from Isfahan province, and Mohammad Fuladi from Khorasan Razavi were also appreciated.
The efforts of Hossein Belali, Mostafa Ashk and Mahmoud Moradi as cultural heritage activists were also recognized at the event.
In 2019, the Ministry of Tourism announced that some 2,500 historic buildings and structures scattered across Iran needed restoration.
Over the past two years, dozens of historic sites and monuments have been temporarily transferred to the private sector under the supervision of the Historic Places Revitalization and Use Fund.
Affiliated with the Ministry of Tourism, the Fund is in charge of the concession with the aim of better maintaining historic sites by requalifying them as thriving boutique hotels, eco-lodges, traditional restaurants or other profitable niches.
Iran is home to some of the oldest cultural monuments in the world, including bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, bathhouses, madrasas, gardens, as well as rich natural and rural landscapes, 26 of which have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.