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Iran has banned the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" after protests from the country's Christian clergy, the culture ministry said on Wednesday, but the Persian translation is already in its eighth edition.
The Peace Envoy caravan, consisting of 40 Iranian art students, is to travel to Turkey, Greece, Italy, and France in mid-August to familiarize people with Iran’s tourist attractions, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
The Turkish Minister of Tourism and Culture has travelled to Iran to investigate future networks and markets between the two countries.
While the legal procedures for the proposed merger of the National Organization for Handicrafts and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization have not yet been worked out, a member of the Parliament’s Cultural Commission has come out against the move.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar-Harandi has announced the allocation of 10 billion rials for the purchase of books for public libraries.
A few weeks ago, Iranian cultural heritage authorities announced that UNESCO's Director of World Heritage Center, Francesco Bandarin, would come to Iran to examine and discuss a number of issues regarding some cultural heritage sites within the country that are put in real jeopardy as a result of the country's development projects.