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Qanats offer clues to ancient way of life in Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: For thousands of years, qanat systems have supplied water to agricultural and permanent settlements in arid regions of Iran, tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground…

Zarif suggests US and Israel Withdraw From Earth!

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SHAFAQNA- The United States and Israel have quit UNESCO after announcement in 2017. The allies cited "anti-Semitism" and "anti-Israel bias" as the reasons for their exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has censured US and Israel recent decision…

Winter is coming with Yalda, Persian solstice celebration

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: On the eve of the first day of winter, the winter solstice, sometime between December 21 and 22, a Persian nocturnal celebration will be celebrated in Iran. It is commonly known as 'Yalda' (Night of Birth), or 'Shab-e Chelle',…

Video: Syria’s National Museum Reopens After Six Years

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SHAFAQNA- On Sunday, Syria's National Museum of Damascus opened its rich trove of antiquities to visitors again, seven years after war forced it to close and months after the government recaptured all rebel areas near the capital. According…

Drones and 3D tech recreate Middle East's war-torn heritage sites

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SHAFAQNA- Iconem - A French start-up is using drones and 3D technology to recreate digital reconstructions of cultural and historical sites destroyed by conflict in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of photographs of at-risk or destroyed…

The ceremony of Carpet Washing held in Mashhad-e-Ardehal +Photos

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SHAFAQNA- Qalishuyan (carpet washing) ritual was held in Kashan, Iran, with great gathering of people in Sultan Ali (AS) mausoleum, a descendant of Imam Mohammad Baqir (AS). Sultan Ali was Imam Sadeq’s brother who came to Kashan, with people’s…

Video: Iraq failure to preserve archaeological treasures

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SHAFAQNA- City of Samara has some of Iraq’s most significant historical sites, but residents say they are being neglected. For 12 centuries the spiral minaret of the Great Mosque at Samara has survived storms and wars. But perhaps its greatest…

UNESCO: Kuala Lumpur to be World Book Capital 2020

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SHAFAQNA: On the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of the International Publisher's Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and UNESCO, Kuala Lumpur was named World…

Halal Travel in Madrid

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SHAFAQNA- Esmadrid: Madrid is a great halal destination for a holiday, business trip or a city break. It has plenty of Muslim-friendly services that take into consideration their necessities regarding food and other actions that are not allowed…

Morocco's ancient city of Volubilis rises again

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : Situated in a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Zerhoun, the sprawling remains of Morocco’s oldest Roman site — Volubilis — have survived pillage and long periods of neglect. After decades of decay, however,…

Turkey's Yivli Minaret eyes UNESCO world heritage list

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SHAFAQNA - The eight centuries-old Yivli Minaret, which is a landmark and symbol of Turkey's southern tourism capital Antalya, aims to be included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. The historical piece, whose six-domed worship place attracts…

Medina Azahara inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List

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SHAFAQNA - The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara which is a medieval Arab Muslim town near the Spanish city of Cordoba remained from the 10th and 11th centuries, was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage on Sunday. It is the 47th World…

Naghsh-e Jahan Square: a prime tourist destination in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times : The UNESCO-registered Imam Square has long been full of life thanks to being a prime destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. Best known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”),…

Photos: Lalejin, World Craft City for Pottery

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SHAFAQNA - MNA | by Gholamreza Zanganeh : LALEJIN, Situated in Iran’s Western Hamedan province, Lalejin can be considered the main Iranian city regarding the production of pottery items. Some 20,000 individuals live in the city, 60 percent…

In support of Israel, US to pull from UNESCO

SHAFAQNA - As part of its support to the apartheid "Israeli" entity, the United States plans to formally withdraw from UNESCO, the UN's Paris-based cultural, scientific and educational organization, to save money. The US decision came to protest…

UNESCO describe Israel as an occupying power

SHAFAQNA - Israel seeks to thwart Palestinian efforts to include the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron) on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, a Palestinian official says. Deputy Mayor of al-Khalil Yousef al Jabari made the remarks to…

UNESCO denounces Israel’s illegal practices in Jerusalem al-Quds

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has passed a resolution, denouncing Israel’s “illegal” practices in East Jerusalem al-Quds and describing the regime as an “occupying power.” The…

UN heritage body against Al-Aqsa name change

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to vote on a resolution that describes Israel as an “occupying power,” denying its sovereignty claims over all of Jerusalem (al-Quds). The UN…

UNESCO studying Arbaeen pilgrimage for registration

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SHAFAQNA - Karbala Study and Research Center continues to have the Arbaeen Pilgrimage to Imam Hussain (Peace Be Upon Him) registered in the UNESCO as the largest annual peaceful cultural of Muslims from all over the world. The center stated…

Jerusalem Holy Site Declared Muslim, Not Jewish, In United Nations Resolution

SHAFAQNA - One of the world's most important religious sites and Judaism’s holiest site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and Western Wall, were reclassified as an exclusively Muslim shrine Thursday after a United Nations organization adopted…