List of World Heritage Sites in Iran
List of World Heritage Sites in Iran.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972. Iran accepted the convention on 26 February 1975, making its historical sites eligible for inclusion on the list. As of 2017, twenty-two sites in Iran are included.
The first three sites in Iran, naghshe jahan sqoure, Esfahan, Persepolis and Tchogha Zanbil, were inscribed on the list at the 3rd Session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Paris, France in 1979.They remained the Islamic Republic’s only listed properties until 2003, when Takht-e Soleyman was added to the list.The latest additions were The Persian Qanat and Lut Desert, both inscribed in 2016, the latter being Iran’s first site selected for its natural significance.
In addition to its inscribed sites, Iran also lists forty-one properties on its tentative list.
The table is sortable by column by clicking on the at the top of the appropriate column; alphanumerically for the Site, Area, and Year columns; by state party for the Location column; and by criteria type for the Criteria column. Transborder sites sort at the bottom.
- Site; named after the World Heritage Committee’s official designation
- Location; at city, regional, or provincial level and geocoordinates
- Criteria; as defined by the World Heritage Committee
- Area; in hectares and acres. If available, the size of the buffer zone has been noted as well. A lack of value implies that no data has been published by UNESCO
- Year; during which the site was inscribed to the World Heritage List
- Description; brief information about the site, including reasons for qualifying as an endangered site, if applicable