Iran’s Kashan, One of Most Memorable Cities to Visit: UN Envoy
Gary Lewis, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, says the central Iranian city of Kashan with a culture that is even richer than Isfahan is one of the best places to visit.
In view of the closing ceremony of a French week in Kashan, which took place in Kashan from 11 to 17 February, Lewis welcomed the beauties and cultural richness of Kashan and described it as one of the most memorable places to visit.
“As you travel to Kashan, visit the old Tepe Sialk, take the clay pots with long handles in your hands and watch the images of animals and geometric shapes on them, you observe culture and art,” the UNDP representative noted.
According to a report by ISARS from Farsi, he then pointed out the 5000-year-old Kashan civilization and its monuments and relics from Sassanid, Seljuq, Safavid and Qajar.
“I hope our French friends had the opportunity to visit all the monuments, including the Borujerdi and Tabatabaei houses.”
“French artists visited Kashan at Tehran, Qom, Yazd and Isfahan, Kashan is a city with a much richer culture than Isfahan.”
“I have a lot of friends in Isfahan, I hope no one would inform her about my comment!” He joked.
“After returning to France, French artists will talk with people who have no idea of Iran to change their opinions.”
“During four years of residence in Iran, it is the eighth time that I travel to Kashan with my wife,” he emphasized.
“After traveling to 39 Iranian cities, I can say that Kashan is my second memorable place to visit, I would always like to come here.”
Lewis said he believes Iranians are hospitable, intelligent, cheerful and proud of their culture and history.
“I see the culture of a country as its history, tourism is the link between the cultures that can be strengthened by tour guides,” he commented.
Elsewhere in his comments, he noted that a better future for different cultures can be built if their friendship goes beyond national symbols.
“This cultural event promoted two major UN mentality: creating peace and thoughtfulness, and economic opportunities,” Lewis said.
He went on to say that such events help different cultures come closer together. “Before this event, I always wondered what could be achieved by meeting other cultures.”
“During a French week in Kashan, different cultures have become accustomed to one another through art workshops of theater, photography, cooking and collages.”
Then he spoke to the members of the French Embassy who were taking part in the ceremony and said, “They are the ambassadors of friendship and a better future in terms of humanity, beyond national emblems and flags.”
Lewis invited people to keep each other and build bridges.
“Some verses of the Iranian poet Saadi Shirazi are written on the walls of the United Nations Headquarters in New York to say that all people are like the organs of a single body, so we should seek peace rather than war.”