Experts from seven countries to participate in Silk Road Conference

Speaking at a press conference, Behrouz Omrani, head of Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism added that 21 articles received from China, Uzbekistan, Italy, Russia, Austria, Germany and Turkey and Iran will be presented at the conference to be held in Yam Caravanserai Hotel located 50km from Tabriz, IRNA reported.

 “Nineteen articles will also be presented by archeological researchers and experts in the form of lectures,” he said.

Omrani said the total of 130 articles have been submitted to the secretariat of the conference.

The official said a special meeting on Rab-e Rashidi Complex, to be attended by archology professors and other guests of the conference, will be held in Tabriz Islamic Art University on Nov. 24.

Referring to the agreement inked between East Azarbaijan’s Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Department and Tabriz Islamic Art University on protecting and studying of Rab-e Rashidi Complex, he pointed out that the university’s professors are scheduled to visit the complex and introduce the scientific capability of the academic center.

He underlined the importance of Rab-e Rashidi Complex as a 750 year-old international scientific and research center, adding efforts should be made to revive the position of the complex and reintroduce it at the international level.

Omrani said holding the Third International Conference on Archeology and Conservation along the Silk Road in Tabriz is expected to help reveal the attempts made in Iran to protect archeological sites and encourage a large number of foreign researchers to get involved in the activities related to recognizing, introducing and protecting Silk Road.

Omrani said the great cultural and historical capacity of Tabriz led to the city being selected as the host of the conference.

Omrani noted that protection of the buildings located along the Silk Road and implementing archeological explorations in the region are the main issues to be discussed during the conference.

He said unveiling the English version of a book titled ‘Tabriz 2018’ and simultaneous distribution of it in 14 Islamic countries is also among the program to be held on the sidelines of the conference.

Speaking in the same press conference Director General of East Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Department Morteza Abdar referred to the special position of Azarbaijan Province, located on the route of Silk Road, and said it caused Tabriz Historical Bazaar to be registered on UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List.

He said the conference will be held in Yum Caravanserai Hotel, linking all caravanserais situated on the route of Silk Road to each other.   

The historical city of Tabriz, as one of the oldest and most important cities located on the route of Silk Road, was selected as the Capital of Islamic Tourism in 2018.


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