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Journalists want probe into Isfahan heritage sites

Jahan-Nama Tower is seen in the background of Naqsh-e-Jahan Square

Jahan-Nama Tower is seen in the background of Naqsh-e-Jahan Square

Iranian journalists have asked Tehran’s UNESCO Office to hold a press conference about the in-danger cultural heritage sites of Isfahan.

Over 100 journalists signed a petition asking for clarification on the issue of Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, which is on verge of being placed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

The UN organization warned Iranian officials about a trade center built near the site, which it said had ruined the horizontal view of the Safavid complex.

UNESCO’s last deadline for modifying the Jahan-Nama Tower ended on Feb. 1, 2010, after Iranian cultural officials asked for an extension on their deadline several times.

The Isfahan Municipality flattened a historical caravanserai to build the 56-meter tower in an area of 16,000 square meters.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee asked Iranian officials to modify the building by reducing 12 meters of its eastern side and 24.48 meters of the western wing.

The Isfahan Municipality has not made any changes to the building since UNESCO’s first warning in 2004.

The Isfahan metro also caused a similar problem when an under-construction line deviated from its proper route and bumped into the lower part of the historical Si-o-Se Pol Bridge last November.

Other metro lines of the construction project are also threatening historical monuments located on the city’s Chahar-Bagh Street and the Naqsh-e-Jahan Square.

Journalists asked for a team to visit the sites and report about them at the press conference.

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Category: Esfahan, Iran
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