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    Salty Dome in Qeshm

    Qeshm - Salty Dome in Qeshm

    Overview:

    • Best Time to Visit: September to May

    Namakdan Mountain or Salty Dome located in the southwest of Qeshm Island is considered one of the natural attractions.

    The mountain is cone-shaped and has a height of about 397 meters. The salty structure of this mountain is because of the formation over the centuries of salty sediments on cliffs. Geological features of Qeshm Island indicate that the Persian Gulf is an arm of the Indian Ocean and is connected to the Gulf of Oman and the international waters through the strategic Strait of Hormuz. In terms of geology, Persian Gulf is a tectonic puddle which means that the earth's layer in this region has unstable sheets.

    Namakdan Mountain is irregular in terms of topography and the edges of the mountain are very sloped. There are very beautiful and amazing salt caves in the southern part of the salty dome mountain. The mouth of the cave is southward and the height of the cave towers 3 to 10 meters. Based on the latest identification by geological experts, Qeshm Island's salt cave has a length of about 6400 meters and is therefore the longest salt cave of the world.

    A permanent, underground spring flows from within the bowels of the Namakdan Mountain through the cave to the surface. This salt water spring creates a natural pool at the foothills of the mountain after dissolving most of its salinity during its flow. The pool appears white from afar and appears like a snow-covered place.

    This spring flows throughout the year. The salt in the cave is considered the best known type of edible salt and there are components including magnesium in it, and hence it could be consumed as medical salt and in the form of capsules particularly for professional athletes.

    Explorations carried out inside the cave shows that the atmosphere inside has special healing effects. Some experts even believe that breathing inside the cave could heal patients affected with asthma and some respiratory diseases. Due to being clean from industrial pollutants, inhaling inside the cave could have positive and useful impacts on all people.


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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.