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    Museum of the Qasr Prison, Tehran, Iran

    Tehran - Museum of the Qasr Prison, Tehran, Iran

    Overview:

    • Working Hours: Saturday to Wednesday from 11 am to 7 pm. Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.
    • More Info: A once-notorious complex that reopened in 2012 as a museum and leafy recreational area.
    • How to get there: By car: 1- Sayyad Shirazi Highway- Polis Shariati Ramp- Polis Roundabout- Museum of Qasr Prison 2- At the end of Shahid Motahari Avenue- after Dr.Shariati intersection- Polis Roundabout- Museum of Qasr Prison By metro: Shahid Mofatteh Station- At the the end of Motahari Avenue- After Dr.Shariati intersection- Museum of Qasr Prison By bus: 1- At Imam Khomeini Station take those buses which go to Moallem Roundabou. Take off at the station just at the front of the Museum of Qasr Prison. 2- At Meydan Resalat Station take those buses which go to Pich Shemiran. Then take off at Meydan Polis station. 3- Imam Hossein Station- buses which go to Shahid Beheshti- Polis Avenue 4- Pich Shemiran Station- buses which go to Resalat- crossroad of Polis and Shariati- Polis Avenue 5- Shahid Beheshti Station- buses which go to Imam Hossein Roundabout- at the end of Motahari street, Shariati crossroad-

    The Museum of the Qasr Prison was one of the oldest political prisons in Iran, which is now a historical complex surrounded by a public park. In the year 1798, Fathali Shah of the Qajar dynasty ordered a palace be built outside Tehran. However once he was gone it didn't receive much love and attention, so it's no surprise the palace became deserted. After 130 years, the site was reconstructed as a prison under administration of Reza Shah Pahlavi.  The commission went to Nikolai Markov, a Georgian architect and former Persian Cossack brigadier who settled in Iran after the Russian Revolution.

    Markov who was known for mixing modern, European and Persian architectural elements admired traditional Iranian motifs and preferred to use local materials such as brick, stone, tile and plaster. Inaugurated in 1929, it became the first modern detention center in the country.

    The site was so active during the regime of Reza Shah with his so many opponents, and in subsequent decades the political prison filled with persecuted Marxists, among others. Many dissidents were disposed including thousands of progressive writers, politicians, lawyers, poets, religious figures, and academic scholars.  It was where Ahmad Ahmadi, known to prisoners simply as “Dr Ahmadi” or “Mouse” administered lethal air injections to several inmates. (Ahmadi was later tried for the murders and executed in 1943.) Dark, dank-smelling cells convey the inhumane conditions under which Ayatollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei, Morteza Motahhari and Ayatollah Taleqani were held.

    In subsequent decades the prison fell into disuse till in 2005 it was announced by the ICHTO (Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran) that the compound would become a museum. In 2008 it was donated to the municipal government. Reopened in 2012, the former prison buildings and offices were turned into museum buildings, surrounded by a public park which carries the same name. It hosts many cultural events such as the Nowrooz festival. According to the Iranian Students News Agency Qasr Prison was named the most creative museum in the country in 2013.

    Former inmates who lead guided tours at this Pahlavi-era prison complex share memories of psychological pressure, broken teeth and mangled limbs - a brutal past Iran’s prisons have yet to leave behind.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    If you're looking for a place where you can eat and rest, there is the Markuf Gallery Cafe at the eastern part of the Museum which is open from 9:30 am till 10:30 pm everyday.

    Contacts:

    • Web Site: http://qasr.ir/
    • Tell : +98 21 8843 7393 - 21 8842 3400

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    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.