Kabul, Jul 3(UNI): Afghanistan’s historic city of Herat would soon be included into United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Cultural heritage site list.
The UNESCO also provided $30,000 to the Afghan government to use for gathering data regarding the city.
Government numbers claim that the city, which lies in western Afghanistan has a total of 830 cultural sites.
The Afghan government wrote to UNESCO in 2020 requesting that Herat city be put on the world cultural heritage list.
Herat boasts of several historical sites and heritages, and has always been one of the main destinations for foreign tourists in Afghanistan.
Prominent sites of the city include the shrine of saint Khawja Abdullah Ansari, also known as Qal’ah-i Ikhtiyaruddin fort.
“We will profile all of the cultural heritage in Herat city, we hope to share this information with UNESCO in the next three to four months,” said Tahir Zaheer, acting minister of information and culture was quoted by Tolonews as saying.
The recognition of Herat city by UNESCO will further add to the cultural importance of the city.