Tehran (IP) - The Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts said Iran had sent the document of Hegmataneh (Hamedan's ancient name), west of the country, to UNESCO for registration.

Iran PressIran news: Ali Darabi said on Tuesday that the document narrates Hamedan's history from the ancient time to the contemporary age, encompassing a wide area from the ancient site of Hegmataneh, including the streets and squares of the ancient historical city of Iran-Islam era. 

Darabi added that the definite agreements on sending the world heritage document to UNESCO in 2022 were finalized, with the relevant committees starting the studies to implement the project. 

The Governor of Hamedan Alireza Ghasemi Farzad pointed to 1,800 historical and natural tourist attractions, including Alisadr Cave, considered one of the world's most beautiful sites. 

Ecbatana, Hegmataneh, or today's Hamedan, was an ancient city in western Iran. It is believed that Ecbatana is in Hagmatana Hill (Tappe-ye Hagmatāna), an archaeological mound in Hamedan. 

According to Herodotus, Ecbatana was the Medes' capital in the late 8th century BC by Deioces. Under the Achaemenid Persian kings, Ecbatana, situated at Mount Alvand, became a summer residence. 

Later, it became the capital of the Parthian Empire, at which time it became their main mint, producing drachm, tetradrachm, and assorted bronze denominations. 

The wealth and importance of the city in the Persian Empire are attributed to its location on a crucial crossroads that made it a staging post on the main east-west highway.

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