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    Rayen Complex ,Kerman

    Kerman - Rayen Complex ,Kerman


    • Best Time to Visit: spring and summer
    • Working Hours: No limits
    • Plan Your Visit: about 2 hours

    The city of Rayen 100 km off the south of Kerman is located at the foot of Mt. Hezar which is the 4th highest mountains in Iran and the highest peak of the southern part of our country.

    Rayen with its ancient civilization and antiquity has had a suitable condition during the reign of Sasanian dynasty. Since it was situated in the route of highways connecting West to East, it has been one of the centers of giving and taking merchandise as well as weaving valuable cloths which were exported even to the farthest areas such as Egypt.

    The rural areas at the foot of Hezar Mountain offer a pleasant weather and scenic Rayen waterfall to visiting tourist in spring and summer.Rayen because of having the monument "Rayne’s castle”, natural waterfall sceneries, several springs originating from Mt. Hezar, 1000-year old planes, 400-year old cypresses, volcanic mountains, spas and the holly shrine of 3 descendants of Imams (Imamzadeh) is considered an important area for both touring and pilgrimage.
    The most important attraction of this ancient city is its historical castle. This castle which covers an area of about 20,000 square meters, is a valuable heritage and a cultural historical wealth which hosts thousands tourists each year.



    Mt Hezar has a vegetation of about 1000 various plants and this is the source where the name of the mountain originally comes from.
    The rural areas at the foot of Mt. Hezar offer a pleasant weather and scenic waterfall to visiting tourist in spring and summer. The 400-year old cypresses together with Plato Boulevard can be known as other attractions of the city. The presence of lush trees has donated a special beauty to the boulevard.

    Besides historical, recreational and religious places considered as different attractions of the city, we can name the biggest volcanic opening located near the rural area Qale Hasan Ali. This opening also includes 14 other smaller volcanic openings as well as several spas. If you travel about 30 km toward the south of Rayen you will reach a spa in the route of one of the rivers of Mt. Hezar. The water of this spa is known as deuterium which is similar to the Oriyaz Izr spa in France. Although its water is not drinkable it can be used as a kind of medication for diseases such as rachitism, rheumatism and lymphatism.
    Marble mines in Rayen have a worldwide reputation. These marbles have been used to decorate the holly shrine of Imam Ali and to build the monument Taj Meha. This fact is a direct indication of the high quality of Rayen`s marble.



    To introduce religious places in Rayen, on can name the holly shrine of Abolbashaer who is also known as “God’s lion”. This man is an honorable and respected descendent of the prophet of Islam (Sayed) who is one of Imam Sadeq`s grandsons and has supervised other descendent of the prophet of Islam (Sayeds) in Kerman. It can also be mentioned that the holly shrine of Sayed Ali- Imam Hasan Mojtaba`s grandson and of Zeyd- Imam Mosa Kazim`s grandson is situated in Rayen.
    Agriculturally speaking, Rayen is a rich area in producing various fruits such as pistachios, walnuts, pomegranates, grapes, pears, strawberries, cherries, peaches and apricots. It should be added that Rayen is also famous because of its handicrafts. People of this city are very skillful at metal works and specially the art of knife making. Dilettante women of Rayen are good at creating decorative arts such as pate, a kind of handmade art.
    Indubitably, possessing such positive characteristics has transfigured this city into a unique stone and a shiny ring in the rosy desert of Iran. Paleontologists believe that Rayen is the undetected treasure which can divulge untold secrets of the past. Rayen requires and deserves more exploration and examination.

    Notes & Recommendations:

    1. Motevalli bashi traditional hotel, placed just at the back of Shahnematollah vali Mausoleum, in Mahan (30 km from Kerman city) has prepared the opportunity for visitors, to stay there, and and make it easy for visitors to visit these 3 main attractions in Kerman.

    2. Shahzadeh Garden, Shahnematollah VAli Mausoleum, and Arg-e-Rayen all are in one road

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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.