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    Cube of Zoroaster

    / 5th century
    Marvdasht - Cube of Zoroaster

    Overview:

    • Price: 4 $
    • Best Time to Visit: morning
    • Working Hours: 8AM–5PM
    • Plan Your Visit: 1.5 hours

    The Cube of Zoroaster (Ka'ba-ye Zartosht), located 3-4 kilometers from Persepolis at Naqsh-e Rostam, beside Zangiabad village in Marvdasht county in Fars. The distance from the mountain is 46 metres (151 ft) and is situated exactly opposite Darius II's mausoleum. The local name of the structure was Kornaykhaneh or Naggarekhaneh. It is about 12 metres (39 ft) high that becomes 14.12 metres (46.3 ft) including the triple stairs; and the side of each base is about 7.30 metres (24.0 ft).

    This structure has kept scholars and researchers guessing for its purpose for centuries, but none of their interpretations are certain. Some consider it a fire temple and say it was a site of igniting the holy fire which was used during religious ceremonies and a place for worship; some others believe it to be a treasury and a place for keeping religious documents and holy books and Avesta; while others say the chamber of Ka'ba-ye Zartosht is too small for keeping religious books and royal documents and consider it the mausoleum of one of the Achaemenid grandees due to its similarity to the Tomb of Cyrus and some mausoleums of Lycia and Caria. Also, other theories like a temple for the goddess Anahita or a solar calendar have been mentioned.

    Ka'ba-ye Zartosht is a stone quadrangular and stepped structure made of white marble limestone that has dentate shelves from black stone with walls marked with inscriptions cataloging Sassanid victories. The pieces of stone are scraped largely and mostly in rectangular forms and are put on each other without using mortar; and in some places, like the rooftop, the stones are connected to each other by dovetail joints.

    The structure is a cuboid with a thirty-stair stairway placed in the northern wall that reaches the entrance doorway. It seems that the structure has the shape of a three-floor tower that has seven doors and hatches on each floor; but only one entrance door is made true that leads inside the chamber and the others are left as blind windows. The fact that the only entrance door could be closed, makes it clear that its content should be kept safe from robbery and pollution.

    Currently, the structure is part of the Naqsh-e Rustam compound and possessed by the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    Located near Persoplis and at Naqsh-e Rostam

    Contacts:

    • Web Site: http://www.persepolis.ir
    • Tell : ‎+98(0)7284432248–9

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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.