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Harvard Art Museums present exhibition of Norma Jean Calderwood's collection of Islamic Art
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The Harvard Art Museums present In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of ...
London-based Rossi & Rossi to open new art space in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Jean Marc Decrop, the noted expert in the contemporary art of China, Asia and Middle East ...
Ayyam Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Palestinian artist Oussama Diab
DUBAI.- From September 17 until October 30, Ayyam Gallery DIFC is presenting a solo exhibition of Palestinian ...
Rutgers University announces publication of "The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society"
NEW YORK, NY.- Five years in the making, the highly anticipated 256-page volume The Fertile Crescent: ...
NAM summit an excellent opportunity to introduce Iranian art and handicrafts
The Iranian Handicrafts Union is going to distribute catalogues promoting Persian handicrafts among ...
6/27/2011
Qabus Tower Moves Step Closer to World Heritage List

Gonbad Qaboos Tower
Tehran, June 25, 2011: Several buildings violating the perimeter of Iran+s Qabus Tower have been removed in order to meet the conditions for registering the 1000-year-old monument on UNESCO+s World Heritage List.

The decision has been made in the line with Iran+s plan to apply for registration of the monument, which is located in the city of Gonbad-e Kavus in Golestan Province.

The buildings had been constructed by a Gonbad-e Kavus electricity company and the Education Department of the city, Gonbad-e Kavus Governor Heidar-Ali Ahmadi told Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

The 55-meter tower located on a 15-meter mound is the tomb of Zeyarid ruler Qabus ibn Voshmagir (reigned 978–1012).

It is considered the world+s tallest tower made of bricks.

The star-shaped tomb has been decorated with a Kufic inscription around it that reads, “In the name of God the beneficent, the merciful. This is the magnificent palace of Emir Shams-ul-Ma+ali. Emir son of Emir, Qabus son of Voshmagir who ordered that it be built during his lifetime. 397 A.H., 375 solar calendar.”

Experts have warned about the growth of weeds on the 1000-year-old monument in a report published by several Persian news agencies last October.

Proximity to the Caspian Sea results in high humidity in the region that causes growth of the plants on the tower.

The weeds grow in the gaps between the bricks and the growth of their roots further expands the gaps causing serious damage to the monument. The humidity has also causes saltpeter to accumulate on the interior walls.

The experts believe that the monument is in urgent need of restoration and the weeds must be removed immediately.

They have said that an in-depth study is necessary before attempting any restoration.

In addition, engraving on the bricks of the tower and writing graffiti on its walls have become a habit of Iranian tourists.
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Iranian wrestlers win 2 bronze medals
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"When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835" opens at Cantor Arts Center
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Farhadi’s film takes N America by storm
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7/30/2012
London to exhibit installation by Iran’s Shirin Sabahi
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7/24/2012
US, Iranian team excavate Siraf
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Mutatis Mutandis: Group show curated by Cathrine David opens at Vienna's Secession
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The 2nd Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition [TADAEX] was opened on Friday, July 6th.
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UNESCO registers Isfahan Friday Mosque
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