The historic Iranian city of Isfahan was the cultural capital of the Islamic world in 2006.
Several cultural programs have been hosted in Isfahan to celebrate its distinguished selection, such as improving the city's tourism attractions and the construction of a big museum for Islamic art.
However, several projects weren't completed due to lack of funding and coordination between different Iranian organizations.
Isfahan, dubbed by UNESCO as a world heritage city, is located in central Iran and is famous for its turquoise domes and Safavid architecture.
In addition to being a unique cultural, historical and religious center, Isfahan is famous for its rich and precious heritage, its charming artworks and handicrafts as well as prominent scholars and scientists.
Iranian officials welcomed Tashkent's selection as the Cultural Capital of the Islamic World for 2007.
During a ceremony attended by top Iranian officials and ambassadors of Islamic states in Tehran, Isfahan's Governor General Morteza Bakhtiari handed over the key to the cultural capital of the Islamic world to the Palestinian Ambassador to Iran Salah Zawawi, who is the dean of the diplomatic corps in the Islamic Republic.
The key was later handed over to the Uzbekistan ambassador to Tehran.
Uzbekistan has a population of 28 million, 88% of which are Muslims. Its capital city of Tashkent is the largest and oldest city in central Asia and the main transportation hub of the region.
The architectural style of Tashkent is unique. Large numbers of museums and parks, an Islamic university and several theater companies have added to the cultural-historic atmosphere of the city.
The holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia and the historic Aleppo in Syria have been selected as the cultural capitals of the Islamic world in 2005 and 2004 respectively.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16