Preserving Persian Heritage: Session at the XVI NAZC 2012

August 4, 2012

This video was the introductory segment on the session titled “Persian Religious Sites”. This was presented at the XVI North American Zarathusti Congress 2012, hosted by ZAGNY in New York in August 2012.

Persian Religious Sites: Session at XVI NAZC 2012 from ZAGNY on Vimeo.

Preserving Persian Heritage: Session at XVI NAZC 2012 from ZAGNY on Vimeo.


Persian historical sites and Zarathushti pilgrimage sites will deteriorate unless we act to preserve them. The status of these sites and the work being done to preserve them will be presented.
Zarathushti Pilgrimage Sites in Yazd: An Opinion Yazd and its surroundings are home to numerous sacred sites that are visited by both Zarathushtis and members of other religious communities. While each of these holy sites carries special religious and historical significance, this discussion will focus on the social, economical and cultural aspects of these sites. The physical state of each pilgrimage site, in addition to their current deficiencies and current management (or mismanagement as the case may be), will be reviewed, along with recommendations to improve their overall condition.

Preserving Zarathushti Pilgrimage Sites

We invest in and build Zarathushti cultural and religious buildings in Iran or elsewhere based on the needs of different communities. Yet, many of these buildings, either due to lack of time, or lack of expert opinion, are being built in a manner that misrepresent Zarathushti and Persian architectural elements. This gap is especially visible with regards to religious sites.
In this session, we will present specific Zarathushti architectural elements and their increased use in Zarathushti sites, the result of three years of research and study. We will also present current renovation and restoration activities related to Zarathushti pilgrimage sites in Iran.
Engagements with Zoroastrian Heritage in (post)Modern Iran

This paper traces the history of the use of pre-Islamic sites in Iran during the 19th and the 20th centuries. In the 19th century, both in India by Parsi philanthropists and in Iran by Alayar Dabestani Behmard Khosravi Dr. Talinn Grigor & Shirin Khosravi

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