Garden Museum of Literary Figures to Be Built in Shiraz

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Deputy head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Fars province for cultural and communication affairs announced that plans for building a garden-museum of literary figures of the world have been completed and the project will be implemented in the near future.

Amir Sodagaran added that UNESCO is considering documents for registering Shiraz as the second creative literary city of the world. “Since Shiraz has been home to many great figures in cultural and literary fields from long time ago, it is necessary to build a garden museum of world’s literary figures near the mausoleum of Hafez,” he said.

The official added that a plot of land with an area of 24,000 square meters has been considered for the purpose behind the mausoleum and apart from some houses, the rest of the plot has been purchased. The remaining houses will also be purchased before long.

He noted that construction of garden museum of literary figures will be implemented in three phases.

“The first phase will include a garden with an area of 21,000 square meters where major trees of Shiraz will be planted,” he said.

Sodagaran stated that in the second phase, statues of world literary figures will be sculpted and installed at the garden along with explanations for visitors.

“In the third phase, a building at the end of the garden with an area of 3,000 square meters will be built to host valuable works of literary and cultural dignitaries such as valuable copies and other historical literary works of the country,” he added.

The official stated that about 60 billion rials has been allocated to construction of the garden museum and expressed hope that the plan would be implemented by the end of the Iranian year 1388 (2009-10), if needed credits are allocated on time.

According to current plans, the garden museum will be attached to mausoleum of Hafez and visitors touring the mausoleum will be able to enter the garden and get information about history of literature in Iran as well as biographies of great literary figures of the world.

Construction of garden museum of world literary figures will be carried out in cooperation with Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Fars province.

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