- Location : Pars, 30°10'0"N53°10'0"E
- Criteria : Cultural: (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
- Year : 2011
- Description : including 9 selected gardens in Iran: Pasargadae, Chehel Sotoun, Fin, Eram, Shazdeh,Dolatabad,Abbasabad Garden, Akbarieh,Pahlevanpour.
Persian Gardens. The tradition and style in the design of Persian Gardens, known as Iranian gardens in Iran has influenced the design of gardens from Andalusia to India and beyond. The gardens of the Alhambra show the influence of Persian Garden philosophy and style in a Moorish Palace scale from the era of Al-Andalus in Spain. The Humayun's Tomband Taj Mahal is one of the largest Persian Garden interpretations in the world, from the era of the Mongol Empire in India. From the time of the Achaemenid Dynasty the idea of an earthly paradise spread through Persian literature and example to other cultures both the Hellenistic gardens of the Seleucids and the Ptolemies in Alexandria. The Avestan word pairidaeza- was borrowed in Greek paradeisos then rendered into the Latin paradisus and from there entered into European languages e.g. French paradis, German Paradies and English paradise. The word entered Semitic languages as well as Akkadian pardesu, Hebrew pardes and Arabic firdaws. As the word expresses such gardens would have been enclosed. The garden's purpose was, and is to provide a place for protected relaxation in a variety of manners including spiritual, and leisurely such as meetings with friends, essentially a paradise on earth. The Common Iranian word for "enclosed space" was *pari-daiza-(Avestan pairi-daeza-) a term that was adopted by Christianity to describe the garden of Eden or Paradise on earth. The garden's construction may be formal with an emphasis on structure or casual with an emphasis on nature following several simple design rules. This allows a maximization in terms of function and emotion of what may be done in the garden. Persian gardens may originate as early as 4000 BC. Decorated pottery of that time displays the typical cross plan of the Persian garden. The outline of the Pasargadae Garden built around 500 BC is viewable today. During the reign of the Sassanids third to seventh century AD and under the influence of Zoroastrianism water in art grew increasingly important. This trend manifested itself in garden design with greater emphasis on fountains and ponds in gardens. During the Arab occupation the aesthetic aspect of the garden increased in importance overtaking utility. During this time, aesthetic rules that govern the garden grew in importance. An example of this is the Chahaar Baagh a form of garden that attempts to emulate Eden with four rivers and four quadrants that represent the world. The design sometimes extends one axis longer than the cross-axis and may feature water channels that run through each of the four gardens and connect to a central pool. The invasion of Persia by the Mongols in the Thirteenth century led to a new emphasis on highly ornate structure in the garden. Examples of this include tree peonies and chrysanthemums. The Mongol empire then carried a Persian garden tradition to other parts of their empire notably India. Babur introduced the Persian garden to India. The now unkempt Aram Bagh garden in Agra was the first of many Persian gardens he created. The Taj Mahal embodies the Persian concept of an ideal paradise-like garden. The Safavid Dynasty ( Sixteenth to Eighteenth century ) built and developed grand and epic layouts that went beyond a simple extension to a palace and became an integral aesthetic and functional part of it.In the following centuries, European garden design began to influence Persia particularly the designs of France and secondarily that of Russia and the United Kingdom. Western influences led to changes in the use of water and the species used in bedding. Traditional forms and style are still applied in modern Iranian gardens. They also appear in historic sites, museums and affixed to the houses of the rich. Sunlight and its effects were an important factor of structural design in Persian gardens. Textures and shapes were specifically chosen by architects to harness the light. Iran's dry heat makes shade important in gardens, which would be nearly unusable without it. Trees and trellises largely feature as biotic shade pavilions and walls are also structurally prominent in blocking the sun.The heat also makes water important both in the design and maintenance of the garden. Irrigation may be required and may be provided via a form of underground tunnel called a qanat that transports water from a local aquifer. Well-like structures then connect to the qanat, enabling the drawing of water. Alternatively, an animal-driven Persian well would draw water to the surface. Such wheel systems also moved water around surface water systems, such as those in the Chahaar Baagh style. Trees were often planted in a ditch called a Juy, which prevented water evaporation and allowed the water quick access to the tree roots. The Persian style often attempts to integrate indoors with outdoors through the connection of a surrounding garden with an inner courtyard. Designers often place architectural elements such as vaulted arches between the outer and interior areas to open up the divide between them.
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