5 June 2009


Monument to Be Inaugurated at the Vienna International Centre

'Scholars Pavilion' donated to International Organizations in Vienna by Iran

VIENNA, 5 June (UN Information Service) - Media are invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of the 'Scholars Pavilion' or Chartagi - donated by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the international organizations in Vienna.

The Chartaghi is the most famous element of Iranian architecture. The Chartagi will be placed in the central Memorial Plaza of the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Its dimensions are 2.2m x 2.2m x 3m, and it is made of stones and fiber stones. Each pillar, which has been built in the Persian sub-style, comprises a pedestal, pillar and a bull-guard capital which supports the ziggurat ceiling. The ceiling façade is ornamented with sun icon decorations. In each arch, an Iranian scientific figure is represented.

The Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, Esfandiar Mashaei will unveil the monument jointly with the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna, Antonio Maria Costa.

The ceremony will take place in the Memorial Plaza of the VIC, on Tuesday, 9 June from 1600 -1700 hours. The VIC commemorates its 30th anniversary this year.

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Accreditation: Media need a valid grounds pass to access the VIC. For accreditation, kindly contact Veronika Crowe-Mayerhofer at press@unvienna.org or call (+43-1) 26060-3342. Camera crews should inform of their participation in advance.