Garden designated by UNESCO to show off a bright new look

TEHRAN — The UNESCO-listed Shazdeh Garden will be more atmospheric at night with a new lighting system, the tourism chief of Kerman province said on Monday.

“The installation of a new lighting system has entered the implementation phase as the credit required for the project has been obtained,” said Freydoun Fa’ali.

Fa’ali said the lighting system in the garden is old and in poor condition. “Over the past two years we have had problems providing adequate lighting to the garden as its lighting system was old, with a significant part dating back to the 70s,” the manager said.

“The implementation phase is expected to end in the next three months as the studies for the mentioned project are completed,” the official said.

This historic garden welcomes many tourists and nature lovers throughout the year, and we hope to see more of the beauty of this historic garden at night after the lighting system is completed, he concluded.

Last week, the official said that 200 billion rials (about $690,000) had been allocated to improve the tourist infrastructure of Mahan’s Shazdeh Garden.

Shazdeh Garden forms an enigmatic green oasis in the heart of an arid desert. Many visitors consider the Garden of Shazdeh a miracle due to its location.

The garden was built under the command of Mohammad Hassan Khan, the ruler of Kerman, during the Qajar era (1789-1925). Apart from the beauties of the garden, the two-storey mansions in the western and eastern parts of the garden perfectly represent Persian architecture. The main material used is brick and the tile art is easy to recognize.

In 2011, a selection of nine Iranian gardens, including the Shazdeh Garden, which features significant architectural, traditional and cultural elements, were collectively inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List under the title of “The Persian Garden “.

A remarkable feature of Persian gardens is the arrangement of a pond in the center of the structure. The dance of the fountains in the middle of Shazdeh Garden gave an admirable view of it which leaves everyone in awe and appreciation.

For millennia, Iranian gardens have combined the magic of nature with the aesthetic qualities of art and architecture to create a symbolic representation of paradise on Earth.

A typical Persian garden mixes natural elements with man-made components to embody the idea of ​​creating a paradise on Earth through artistic, philosophical, figurative and religious notions.

According to the UN cultural body, the flawless design of the Persian Garden, as well as its ability to respond to extreme climatic conditions, is the result of an inspired and intelligent application of different fields of knowledge, namely technology , water management and engineering, architecture, botany and agriculture.

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