The Grand Bazaar of Tabriz, a historic complex, located in the northwestern Iranian Province of East Azarbaijan was put on new list of the UNESCO World Heritage Center.
This was approved in the 34th meeting of the World Heritage Committee which was held in Brasilia, Brazil, Head of the East Azarbaijan's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Torab Mohammadi told IRNA on Sunday.
Mohammadi said this is the first time that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Center selects a "bazaar" as a valuable cultural heritage.
The Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex covering one million square meters is the largest roofed area worldwide, he noted.
The World Heritage List includes 899 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.
These include 696 cultural, 176 natural and 27 mixed properties in 149 States. As of June 2010, 187 States have ratified the World Heritage Convention.