11.Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)

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11.Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (2010)

Tabriz. Historic Bazaar Complex, located along one of the most frequented east-West trade routes, consists of a series of interconnected, covered brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for a variety of functions - commercial and trade-related activities, social gatherings, and educational and religious practices. Closely interwoven with the architectural fabric is the social and professional organization of the Bazaar, which has allowed it to function over the centuries and has made it into a single integrated entity.

Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex has been one of the most important international places for commercial and cultural interchange, thanks to the centuries-old east-West trading connections and routes and to a wise policy of endowment and tax exemptions. Tabriz. Historic Bazaar bears witness to one of the most complete socio-cultural and commercial complexes among bazaars. It has developed over the centuries into an exceptional physical economic, social political, and religious complex, in which specialized architectural structures, functions, professions, and people from different cultures are integrated in a unique living environment. The lasting role of the Tabriz Bazaar is reflected in the layout of its fabric and in the highly and diversified and reciprocally integrated architectural buildings and spaces, which have been a prototype for Persian urban planning.

Justification for Inscription:

Criterion (i): Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex was one of the important international trade and cultural centers in Asia and the between the 12th and the 18th centuries, thanks to the West trade routes. Tabriz Bazaar is an exceptional example of an architectural-urban commercial area, which is reflected in its highly varied and integrated architectural buildings and spaces. The bazaar is one of the most sustainable socio-economic structures and its great complexity and articulation attests to the wealth in trade and cultural interaction of Tabriz.
Criterion (ii): Tabriz. Historic Bazaar bears witness to one of the most complete socio-cultural and commercial complexes among bazaars. It is an physical, economic, social, political, and religious that an exceptional testimony to a civilization that is still living. Over the centuries, thanks to its Strategic location and to wise policies of endowments and tax exemptions, Tabriz Bazaar has developed into а socio-economic and cultural system in which specialized architectural Structures functions,professions, and people from different cultures are integrated into a unique living environment
Criterion (iv): Tabriz. Historic Bazaar is an outstanding example of an integrated multi-functional urban complex in which interconnected architectural structures and spaces have been shaped by commercial activities and related necessities. A large number of specialized buildings and structures are concentrated and reciprocally connected in a relatively Compact area to form what is almost a single integrated structure.

Integrity and Authenticity
The nominated property contains all the elements that are necessary to convey its significance . The Integrity of the 18th century Tabriz Bazaar is well preserved and its architecture conserves a rich repertoire of Commercial buildings; the connection between the physical structure and its functioning is still clearly legible, and in many cases alive. The rich historical sources bear credible witness to the importance of the Tabriz Bazaar over history and to the permanence of its layout. The fabric of the Bazaar still exhibits the design, workmanship, and materials of the period when it was constructed after the 1780 earthquake. The Bazaar is still a lively and economically active place, attesting to its rich and long-lasting economic, social, and cultural exchanges.

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