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Austria, February 2012

The Monument of Scholars Pavilion or Chartagi; donated by Iran to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Vienna as a token of “Knowledge as Humankind Heritage.” It is inaugurated on June 9, 2009 when the Vienna International Centre (VIC) commemorated its 30th anniversary.
The Chartaghi is the most famous element of Iranian architecture. The monument is placed in the central Memorial Plaza of the VIC. With the dimensions of 2.2m x 2.2m x 3m 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. These scientists are Avicenna Ibn Sina, (980 – 1037, A.D.), philosopher and physician; Rāzī, (865 – 925, A.D.) Physician, Chemist, discoverer of alcohol and sulfuric acid; Bīrūnī, (973 – 1048, A.D.) mathematician, astrologer, discoverer of the rotation of the earth; and finally Omar Khayyam, (1048 -1123, A. D.), poet, mathematician, formulator of the famous formula of Pascal’s Triangle. These four Iranian scientists were brought up under the Greater Chartaghi of Iran and dispersed their knowledge through all four directions to the entire world.

I after the meeting session; 49th Meeting of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (STS-COPUOS) that was held from 6 to 17 February 2012.

Woman Free; a sculpture created by Edwina Sandys in 1989. It shows a polished woman stands free of rough marble block. The sculpture is place in the central Memorial Plaza of the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

I after the meeting session; 49th Meeting of the United Nations Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee of the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (STS-COPUOS) that was held from 6 to 17 February 2012.

The statue of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) in the Exhibition for the human space achievements at the Vienna International Centre (VIC); Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Gagarin died in 1968 because of the crash of the MiG 15 training jet he was piloting.

The church that is known as “Kaiser-Jubiläums- Kirche” (in German language) at “Mexikoplatz”, Vienna opposite to the Vienna International Center (vic); it was build in 1898 for the 50th anniversary of the regent jubilie of Emperior Franz-Josef I.

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COPUOS and Vienna; the two merry entities for me!

 

My first attendance in UN-COPUOS meetings (37th Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of COPUOS meeting) at Vienna, Austria, February 2000, twelve years ago; this photo is posted in this page just for comparison.

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