Throughout the arid regions of Iran, agricultural and permanent settlements are supported by the ancient qanat system of tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground tunnels by gravity, often over many kilometres. The eleven qanats representing this system include rest areas for workers, water reservoirs and watermills. The traditional communal management system still in place allows equitable and sustainable water sharing and distribution. The qanats provide exceptional testimony to cultural traditions and civilizations in desert areas with an arid climate.

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11 sites in this World Heritage

  • Qasabeh Gonabad
  • Qanat of Baladeh
  • Qanat of Zarch
  • Hasam Abad-e Moshir Qanat
  • Ebrahim Abad Qanat
  • Qanat of Vazvan
  • Mozd Abad Qanat
  • Qanat of the Moon
  • Qanat of Gowhariz
  • Ghasem Abad
  • Akbar Abad

Qasabeh Gonabad

Qanat of Baladeh

Qanat of Zarch

Hasam Abad-e Moshir Qanat

Ebrahim Abad Qanat

Qanat of Vazvan

Mozd Abad Qanat

Qanat of the Moon

Qanat of Gowhariz

Ghasem Abad

Akbar Abad

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Iran 
Category
Cultural
Name
The Persian Qanat
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2016
Keyword
Registered in 2016