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    Ganjali Khan Bazaar

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    Kerman - Ganjali Khan Bazaar

    Overview:

    • Working Hours: 9am to about 10pm
    • How to get there: To explore, start from Tohid Sq. At the first charsoq (12-sided passage junction) you'll find lawn-filled Ganj Ali Khan Sq.
    • Plan Your Visit: about 2 hours

    This bazaar is located between Chahar Suq and Ekhtiari. Its wonderful architecture style refers to the Safavid era and sites in the southern part of Ganjali khan square. The historical and beautiful bath of Ganjali khan about 180 shops are located in the right side of bazaar, in the left side several arches (Taqnama) have been designed, that create beautiful sights.

    Under these arches venders sell their goods. There are totally 16 arches in bazaar that are connected to the square. The length of bazaar is 93m and its width is about 5/75, at an area about 534/5sq.m.

    Stretching for 1200m from Tohid Sq northeast to Shohada Sq, Kerman’s Bazar-e Sartasari is one of the oldest trading centres in Iran. This main thoroughfare is made up of four smaller bazaars, and a further 20 or so branch off to the north and south. It is, however, easy enough to navigate and has a vivacity that should keep you interested, especially in the morning and late afternoon.

    Starting at Tohid Sq, the first section is the Bazar-e Ganj Ali Khan , built in the 17th century for local governor Ganj Ali Khan, which soon opens around the pretty Ganj Ali Khan Square .

    This courtyard is home to what was once Kerman’s most important bath-housr , Ganj Ali Khan bath-house , now restored and transformed into a museum. Wonderful frescoes adorn the walls and wax dummies illustrate the workings of a traditional bathhouse. The reception area, for example, was divided so men practising different trades could all disrobe together. At the east and west ends of the bath-house, look for the ‘time stones’, translucent, 10cm-thick alabaster doorways through which bathers could get a rough idea of the time according to how light it was outside.

    On the north side of the courtyard is the photogenic Bazar-e Mesgari Shomali (Coppersmith’s Bazaar), and at the square’s northeastern end is Masjed-e Ganj Ali Khan , Ganj Ali Khan’s lavishly decorated private mosque. Next door Golshan Caravanserai has recently been restored and is now home to a bunch of antique-cum-bric-a-brac.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    1. From there you can cut through Masjed-e Jameh to reach Shohada Sq.

    2. Great place for lunch, tea or just to admire is the Hamam-e Vakil Chaykhaneh  from which the vaulted main bazaar continues some 600m before reaching a more down-market section of open-air stalls.

     

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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.

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