Zozan

Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:
 Province of Khorasan
Ref.: 5208
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Description

The historical city of Zozan is located at a distance of 41 kilometers to the historical city of Khargard and is like a rectangular. Its ancient castle stands in the southern side and the chief mosque- belonging to Khwarazmi period with two-balconied plan- stands in the western side of the city.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

As the city was far away from new urban centers, the authenticity and integrity of the works over there have been nicely kept.

Comparison with other similar properties

Some of the works of Zozan e.g. the Chief Mosque can be compared with some early-Islamic works like Mosque of Gonbad in Bacteria ad or two-balconied mosque in Khorasan and some other works like ghanats can be compared with ghanat of Bam. Its irrigation systems in the form of dams, in the present scale are unique. If Khaegard and Gonabad are regarded in the same file, a unique school and a great mosque will be added either.