TEHRAN (IP) – Minister of
Heritage, Culture, Tourism, and Handicrafts ,Ezzatollah Zarghami said in his first press briefing of the Ministery of Heritage, Culture, Tourism, and Handicrafts at the National Museum of Iran on Sunday, that cultural heritage is Iran’s identity and the most important factor in its unity and cohesion.
Zarghami stated that many have tried to make cultural heritage a source of discord and boundary throughout history. At the same time, the works left by our ancestors are a symbol of unity and monotheism, and intangible heritage based on good speech, good thought, and good behavior.
Referring to the potential of Cyberspace in the promotion of Iran’s cultural heritage, he said: “Cyberspace also has its drawbacks, especially those who have products that focus more on superficial and temporary work, and less on content and deep work. For this reason, I recommend cyberspace activists to produce content in the field of cultural heritage with more depth.”
“The first thing we did in our cultural heritage management period was to conduct comprehensive research, count the most important cultural heritage issues and divide them into three sections, and analyze the ways to solve cultural heritage issues through various meetings with experts,” he added.
Regarding the situation of museums, he said: “Out of 760 museums, 500 are public museums, and the rest are for people and collectors. I often take the time to open them because people are interested”.
He added that six more museums are under construction to the number.
Concerning the exploration of historical monuments, also he went on to say that a large part of the historical monuments are endowed: “The Endowment and Charity Organization is responsible in this regard, and a memorandum of understanding was signed to start restoration measures with the endowment money.”