Iranian Heritage in Danger (V): Soltaniyeh

This post intend to focus on Soltaniyeh . Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture. The Soltaniyeh Dome monument is located 40 km. far from Zanjan. This historic building was built during Ilxani Dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols in about 10 years (The mausoleum of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12). The plateau in which this structure was laid is about 2000 m above the sea level. The octagonal building is crowned with about 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in not only Iran but also in the world. Its interior decoration is also outstanding and scholars.

The historical monument of the Mausoleum of Oljaytu at Soltaniyeh is authentic in terms of its form and design, materials and substance, and location and setting. Although this building had cont…


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This week we have gone to Italy to introduce you an amazing researcher specialized in archaeological heritage and urban centres: Giorgio Faraci.  He can speak Italian, Spanish and English. For a list of his works, please do not miss out his Academia site!

Although he works at the Department of Architecture of the Università degli Studi di Palermo, he also collaborates with the Centro Regionale per la Progettazione e per il Restauro e per le Scienze Naturali ed Applicate ai Beni Culturali, Regione Siciliana; the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Delegazione Sicilia)and the Club UNESCO di Enna. Considering this extensive experience, maybe further research could involve the University College of London, as he is interested in collaborating with them in the future!

We think that the best way to present Giorgio is through his own nice words:


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Our researcher of the week is Richard Bigambo, a young researcher from Tanzania doing his Ph.D. in the United Kingdom. 

Richard´s background is in Archaeology and he speaks Swahili and English. 

Thank you, Richard, for sharing your profile... we keep on looking for new researchers and professionals in World heritage!


Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of BirminghamArchaeology and Heritage Department, University of Dar Es Salaam

Online profiles:

LinkedInResearch Gate
Richard´s  Projects & Interests
Intangible Cultural Heritage is currently treated by different challenges including globalization and modernization. This, in turn, has led to the creation of different safeguarding practices by governments and non-governmental organization. However, the proposed safeguarding practices have been contested due to their overall impacts or the ineffectiveness in fulfilling their intended objective. Hence, it thought there is a n…

#YOUNGRESEARCHERSWH - Guadalupe Espinosa

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This week we are happy to introduce you to Guadalupe Espinosa! She's a Mexican PhD researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)...She is also a external consultative of the Council of Archaeology in Mexico. She can speak Spanish, English and read French texts. Guadalupe currently lives in Mexico.

Let's find a little bit more about her

You should check her online profiles:
Guadalupe works on archaeological heritage, she's specialist in operating costs for archaeological zones and its protection. She has an extensive work on sound and light shows on archaeological areas.

Check Guadalupe's video of her current project!


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Two weeks ago we introduced Dr. Daniel Garrido- Pimentel, co- ordinator of the Prehistoric Caves and Cultural Centres of Cantabria region (Spain), and we will continue introducing exciting profiles of young researchers and professionals in World Heritage around the world to the III International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage, next May 2018.

In doing this, we aim to help ESR WH* to open new doors and to network building between all our followers. So, please, keep with us during these months!!

 * Early Stage Researchers in World Heritage
But before we move on, we want to introduce our research profiles, to show you who is behind the EST WH network. Nekhet Corpas presented her profile last week, therefore this week we are sharing mine.

Iranian Heritage in Danger (IV): Wind catcher in Yadz

The historical city of Yazd has been added to the coveted list of World Heritage cities endorsed by UNESCO. Yazd’s old neighborhood was added to the list during UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s 41st session in Krakow, Poland on Sunday, July 9.2017. Almost 200 hectares of the city’s 2,270-hectare historical texture now boast world heritage status; Yazd is now the only UNESCO-listed Iranian city where people still live in. It is also believed to be the world’s largest inhabited adobe city. Previously, Shahr-e Soukhteh an uninhabited historical city in Iran was also registered as an historical world heritage city.
Yazd’s old buildings are all built from mud bricks, which provide natural insulation against cold and hot weather and make the city unique. The old earthen architecture of Yazd has escaped the modernization that destroyed many traditional earthen towns, retaining its traditional districts, the Qanat system, Traditional houses, Bazars, Hammams (bath), mosques, Synagogues, Zo…


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As one of the coordinators of this section along with Alba de Juana, I am really glad to introduce my profile. Also, I would like to use this opportunity to thank all researchers who are currently participating in this endeavour... We are confident that this network will become a solid project

After having researched at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and completed a master in Archaeological Heritage and Museums (University of Cambridge, UK) I have just started a PhD thesis at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) on social conflict in heritage management, addressing the disparity of understandings on what heritage is, its management and interests surrounding it. Importantly, conflicts do not only take place in war contexts.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid