TEHRAN, July 5 (MNA) -- The Abyaneh Anthropology Museum was officially inaugurated on Monday in the small village near the city of Natanz in Isfahan Province, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) Research Center Director Mohammad Beheshti announced on Tuesday.

The director of the Isfahan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, the director of Iran’s Anthropological Research Center, other cultural officials, and local residents attended the opening ceremony.

 

Abyaneh is one of Iran’s oldest villages. It is located 70 kilometers southeast of Kashan on the northwestern slope of Mount Karkas in Isfahan Province, and is like a living architectural and anthropological museum, attracting many researchers as well as visitors each year.

 

Abyaneh is a village of living traditions, unique architectural styles, and one of the most interesting examples of human adaptation to nature.

 

“Abyaneh is one of the most significant villages in Iran, which could play an important role in introducing our culture. However, unfortunately, its cultural potential is usually neglected by experts due to the surrounding natural attractions of the region,” Beheshti said.

 

Beheshti expressed satisfaction about the efforts to develop the village over the past 30 years, adding that cultural officials expect to see even more progress over the next 30 years.

 

The museum is located next to the Abyaneh Research Center. Regional costumes, agricultural equipment, paraphernalia used in local ceremonies, photos of religious events, and an exhibit on Ashura, which is the mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (AS), are currently on display at the museum. 

 

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