Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

“Zanjan Bazaar” on World Heritage List Soon

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Restoration projects are underway to prepare Zanjan historical bazaar for registration on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

The longest covered market in Iran, Zanjan bazaar was founded in 1784 under the command of Aqa Mohmmad Khan Qajar and was completed in 1792.

“Some pavements are being renovated and outdated heating and cooling systems are being replaced with newer ones at different parts of bazaar by several teams of experts,” the head of Zanjan Department of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Organization Mehrdad Asgarian told.

“Zanjan officials and citizens should join hands to prepare Zanjan Bazaar for UNESCO registration,” he added.

Zanjan Bazaar, as an architecturally well-designed complex, has a main row of shops facing each other and several side streets. The bazaar includes market-places, vestibules, inns, caravanserais, storehouses, mosques and Turkish baths.

This enormous commercial complex with 940 shops is a blend of beauty and usefulness, enclosing porticos, porches, arches and columns.

It consists of two parts, namely Bazaar-e Bala (upper bazaar) and Bazaar-e Paieen (lower bazaar), which are divided into different sections by professions and commodities.

The upper bazaar has been divided into eight sections (each to do with a specific commodity) such as jewelry, textiles, fruits, etc.

As time passed and new technologies and modern tools emerged, some of the professions became outdated.

Certain occupations have been forgotten and the elderly have a faint memory of earlier craftsmen. Coppersmiths, saddle-makers and box-makers are no longer active in the bazaar.

Serai Malek and Serai Golshan are caravansaries of this bazaar, which were renovated in 1924.

Two mosques, namely Aqa Sheikh Fayyaz Mosque and Mirza Mosque, are located inside the bazaar complex. Two public baths also exist there by the names of Bolouri and Moini. The upper section includes bazaars named Qeysarieh, Hojjatoleslam, Imamzadeh and Abdolali Beig.

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