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    Nabati Cave, Nodushan Village, Yazd, Iran

    Iran - Nabati Cave, Nodushan Village, Yazd, Iran


    Nabati Cave is located 60 km northwest of Taft city and near Nodushan historical and beautiful village. In this beautiful cave, columns of stalagmites and stalactites and natural shrines as well as cauliflower crystals in different corridors are created.

    The Bride of Yazd, as it is so often referred to as, the Nabati Cave is an unexpectedly beautiful Eco-tourism destination in Iran, with slow-growing crystals and formations in its intertwining interior.

    Two entrances lead into the Nabati Cave; one natural and the other newly made. The Cave’s natural entryway is around 1.5 meter opening with a 3-meter drop. Of course, there is a ladder in place to assist visitors to get down; however, the other hand-dug entrance is easier to enter through.

    After entering into the cave and passing the initial slope, travelers will arrive at a three-way. The left path will steeply lead the cave’s visitors to a drinkable-water spring, some 19 meters deep underground.

    The path on the right slope down into a wider chamber-area and the direct path, being the cave’s main route, leads tourists around a big stalagmite formation to another hall, named ‘chamber 1’.

    This chamber, again, splits into two paths. On the right, hollowed cavities lead down a corridor which end up on top of the second hall, ‘chamber 2’.

    To enter the left pathway, visitors must crouch to get through that small opening to get to chamber 2. Through the second chamber, explorers are then faced with another two-way! Take the right path and you will travel through a corridor with beautiful open-chambers on either sides.

    Take the left route and you’ll reach the third and final chamber. This room is divided into two separate areas by a big rock formation in the center.

    Some of the less adventurous travelers will be happy to hear that Nabati Cave, being aesthetically pleasing, is not a very big or difficult cave to venture through. Although there is no need to use flagging tape or ropes for finding the way back out, some visitors may choose to use them for ease of mind!

    Often referred to as the ‘Bride of Yazd’ because of its beautiful white crystal build up, the Nabati Cave is considered to be an ‘active’ cave.

    All throughout the crystalline pathways, the sound of trickling water can be heard. Slowly but surely, the sediment heavy water consistently builds upon itself, creating more and bigger crystals and stalactites.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    - Nabati Cave is located 150 meters high up a mountain. Reaching it will require a short but sweet hike of about 30 minutes. Not an intense endeavor, but also might not be as comfortable as your stroll through Yazd’s streets. After all, we did say eco-tourism.

    - If you’re going with a guided tour, you won’t have to worry, but if you’re venturing out here by yourself with some friends, make sure to bring adequate lighting with you, such as headlamps and flashlights! Safe Travels.

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    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.