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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Two - 03 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Two - 03 May 2023 - Page 4

Traces of history in old section of Gorgan


Historical monuments and sites are a window to our forgotten past and a gift left by our predecessors.
The historical fabric of Gorgan, the capital city of Golestan Province, which dates back centuries, is one of the treasuries that demonstrate a magnificent display of civilization and culture. In this part of the old city, previously known as Estarabad, it is as if time has stopped.
The historical texture of Gorgan is the oldest in the country, drawing a large number of tourists and history buffs. Passing through the narrow interconnected alleyways of the neighborhood and visiting historical buildings, they can step into the distant past of Iranian history, IRNA wrote.
Jafar Khandoozi, an expert from Golestan Province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, said that Estarabad, the old name of Gorgan, is among the most historic areas of Iran, hosting numerous valuable sites.
He added that the cultural heritage properties are considered a significant part of Islamic and Iranian civilization, and everyone should get a proper understanding of them.
He noted that the preservation of ancient monuments is a part of inheritance, which should be left for future generations. Khandoozi pointed out that non-governmental organizations are not involved in the preservation of Estarabad’s historical buildings, pointing out that they should get involved in related activities and establish a link between the people and the government.
Fatemeh Sheikh, another cultural heritage expert, said that Gorgan has 156 hectares of an old, historical section, dating back to the Zand, Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi eras, and ranks second in the country after Yazd in this respect.
The historical monument, including houses and gardens, can help introduce the old culture of the Iranian people and their way of life.
Iman Behkan, an expert on historical monuments, said that the ancient sites are the cultural and social identity and intangible heritages of the city, the destruction of each of which would wipe out a part of history.
He said the participation of the people in the preservation of historical heritages would help make the work easier.


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