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World's biggest bookstore in Tehran

Update : 29 Aug 2017, 05:23 PM
Iran, where literary censorship is official government policy, has the biggest bookstore in the world today. Located in the Abbasabad Hills in the north-east of the Iranian capital, the Tehran Book Garden was officially opened in July. According to the Iran Front Page, Iran’s biggest scientific and cultural complex, with an area of about 70,000 square metres, was inaugurated in Tehran. The complex is home to the world’s largest bookstore. The centre has several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a restaurant, a prayer room and whole a lot of literature. On its roof is a green park area for reading. The garden has been designed in four separate blocks. Block A, titled “Baharestan”, consists of a permanent and a topical bookshop. Block B, named “Khialestan” is home to a pathway named the “Pathway of Culture”. It comprises of a number of main entrances, the “Wonderful Corridor” and the “Depository”. Block C, known as “Negarestan” consists of the garden’s main amphitheatre, a gallery and a shop selling cultural products. And finally, Block D, called “Sarvestan”, includes a specialised exhibition and a hall as well as a number of workshops for children and young adults. The centre aims to encourage Iranian children to be "active and creative through modern methods and equipment," as the Mehr News Agency quoted Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani as saying. "The opening of the Book Garden is a big cultural event in the country, so that our children can make better use of this cultural and academic opportunity," Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf added. The idea for the Book Garden was first pitched in 2004 as a way to cater to fans of the city's annual International Book Fair year-round. Organisers spent the past few months stocking it with books. According to the Guinness World Records, the biggest individual bookstore since 1999 has been the Barnes & Noble along Fifth Avenue in New York City. It's about 154,000 square feet and includes more than 12 miles of shelves. However, this US store, less than a quarter of the size of the Tehran Book Garden, closed its doors to customers in 2014.
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