English cemetery clean-up project in southwest Iran begins
TEHRAN – A clean-up project is set to be launched at the English cemetery in the southwestern province of Bushehr, the provincial deputy head of tourism has announced.
Preserving historic monuments is a priority, which is why the main gravestones in the cemetery have been collected for better conservation, Nasrollah Ebrahimi said on Monday.
When the historic site clean-up project is complete, the tombstones will be constructed and installed according to the original stones, the official added.
In September, the official announced that the Qajar-era (1789-1925) cemetery will be open to the public as a tourist destination and historic site, after its full restoration.
The English Cemetery is the last resting place of British officers and soldiers killed in the 1856 invasion of Persia and World War I in the port city of Bushehr.
The majority of the invaders were killed in the fight against Colonel Baqer Khan Tangestani and Rais Ali Delvari, national heroes of Iran who organized popular resistance against the British troops who had invaded the country in the 19th century.
The Persian sign of the cemetery indicates “the cemetery of the English invaders”, which recalls the time of English colonialism as well as the resistance of the brave people of Bushehr.
The cemetery is on the national heritage list but has been abandoned for years.
With more than 6000 years of history and important monuments from the Elamite, Achaemenid, Parthian and Sassanid eras, the province of Bushehr is one of the most important historical centers of Iran.
Besides its cultural heritage, its beautiful beaches and lush palm groves make it an attractive destination for travelers from all over the world.
The historical and architectural monuments of Bushehr include Islamic buildings like mosques and prayer centers, mansions, old towers, castles, as well as gardens.
As for cultural attractions, there are many historic mounds in Bushehr, including Tall-e Khandaq with Sassanid architectural style, Tall-e Marv located near an Achaemenid palace, and the Malek al-Tojar mansion from the era. Qajar. Another attraction that travelers from all over the world love to see among various ancient sites is the Qajar-era Kazeruni Mansion, which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
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