Certain historical and natural sites found in Iran have been inscribed on the World Heritage List. they hold Specific and significant meanings in them. These sites are representative of the different artistic and traditional customs of Iran.
Each cultural and natural landscape has an important story to reveal. Beyond individual heritage, there exists a global heritage that has a great universal value and belongs to everyone.
Heritage Sites, around the world, are a symbol of authenticity and history. They are still standing as a representation of the past. We need to protect heritage sites so we will be able to share the knowledge of our common history and also to learn and seek for a better future.
Currently, Iran is the host of twenty-three UNESCO world heritage sites, including 22 cultural and 1 natural landscape which are scattered around the country. The number of registered world heritage sites in Iran is increasing. There are countless numbers of unique natural sites and of course gorgeous monuments all over Iran which will be registered by UNESCO as a heritage site in the near future. On this list you can find the names of some Palaces, Mosques, Gardens, even an entire city and remnants of the Persian Empire from different dynasties. they all share one common feature: they offer something beyond the ordinary.
Outstanding World Heritage havens across Iran are:
- Meidan Emam, Esfahan (Naqsh-e Jahan Square listed in 1979)
- Persepolis (1979)
- Tchogha Zanbil (1979)
- Takht-e Soleyman (2003)
- Bam and its Cultural Landscape (2004)
- Pasargadae (2004)
- Soltaniyeh (2005)
- Bisotun (206)
- Armenian Monastic Ensembles of Iran (2008)
- Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System (2009)
- Sheikh Safi al-din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil (2010)
- Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)
- The Persian Garden (2011)
Nine persian gardens registered so far: Ancient Garden of Pasargadae, Eram Garden in Shiraz, Chehel Sotun Garden in Isfahan, Fin Garden in Kashan, Abbas Abad Garden in Behshahr, Shazdeh Garden in Kerman, Dolat Abad Garden in Yazd, Pahlavan Pour Garden in Mehriz, Akbariyeh Garden in Birjand
- Gonbad-e Qābus (2012)
- Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (2012)
- Golestan Palace (2013)
- Shahr-i Sokhta (2014)
- Cultural Landscape of Maymand (2015)
- Susa (2015)
- Lut Desert (2016)
- The Persian Qanat (2016)
- Historic City of Yazd (2017)
- Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (2018)