The recent flooding has partially destroyed the historic architecture of the village of Yush in northern Mazandaran province, the provincial deputy head of tourism said.
The picturesque village is the birthplace of Nima Yushij (1895-1960), the father of modern Persian poetry, and is adorned by his parental home called the Nima Museum.
The flooding caused about 10 billion riyals (US $ 238,000 at an official rate of 42,000 riyals to the dollar) damage to the village and museum of Nima, Mehdi Izadi said Monday.
The village's bridge roads, as well as its thatched walls and water channels have been destroyed and the village is in urgent need of restoration. Located 105 km from the city of Amol, Yush is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Iran and was declared a national heritage in 2010.
Nima, née Ali Esfandiari, died of pneumonia in the Shemiran district of Tehran, but was buried in the picturesque, quiet village of Yush, as he bequeathed. Colorful trees, village houses and picturesque hills, as well as the Yush River, orchards and several springs are what attracts attention in this small village. Mazandaran, stretching along the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountain range, is a popular holiday destination for domestic tourists, with more than 3,500 villages and rural areas.