Third volume of “Tehran: Past & Present” published

TEHRAN, July 11 (MNA) -- The third volume of the 18-volume collection “Tehran: Past & Present”, featuring art and architecture in the capital Tehran, was unveiled during a ceremony at the gallery of the University of Tehran on Sunday.

Compiled by Hamidreza Noruzitalab, the Persian-English book has been published by Yasavoli Publications and was introduced in the presence of the author, publisher, several experts and scholars.

Noruzitalab expressed his appreciation to the publisher for his great efforts and said that the project will be in 18 volumes, which he plans to publish within the next 10 years. “The previous three books took 20 years to come out, so I don’t think I will be alive to see the rest!” he quipped.

Cultural heritage expert Eskandar Mokhtari regarded the book as an introduction to a compilation of documents about Tehran and said, “The book contains photos taken from rare and inaccessible locations like embassies. It introduces architecture of Tehran in several eras from the Isfahan school of art to modern days. Lives, costumes, religious programs, bazaars and houses are described in this book.

“It can also serve as new documentation for researchers who want to carry out studies on the history and architecture of the capital,” he added.

Afterwards, Iranologist Parviz Rajabi thanked Yasavoli Publications, saying they have published the book at great expense despite the fact that these days, selling snacks is more profitable than selling books!

“‘Tehran: Past & Present’ can make an ideal gift for anyone. This way we can help both the publisher and the author,” he added.

Rajabi also complained about the current architecture of the city and said, “I have never seen this much decline in the art of architecture these days, I feel sad when I see someone praise this style of architecture.”

Publisher Reza Yasavoli criticized the current situation of Tehran and said,” Unfortunately, Tehran has been ignored in recent years compared to the big cities of Isfahan and Shiraz, perhaps because it has turned into a political center.

“It is forbidden to enter many historical places for political and security reasons, but the author made his best efforts to cover these locations as well,” he concluded.

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