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Naqsh-e Jahan facing another catastrophe

Naqsh-e Jahan facing another catastrophe
Tehran Times Culture Desk

TEHRAN — As the threat to the Naqsh-e Jahan Square from the Jahan-Nama Tower still remains, another catastrophe is threatening the square, which is an Isfahan historical site registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

A restoration project now underway as part of the square’s second floor known as Hojreh has turned into a destructive factor for the site, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.

The use of heavy mortar in restoring the site has caused wide cracks in the ceiling and experts believe that catastrophic irreversible damage can be expected.

A restoration project conducted by the late Dr. Baqer Ayatollahzadeh began on the second floor about ten years ago, but shortly afterwards it was stopped and no specific reason was given for the halt.

A new restoration project has started in that part over the past year to convert the structure into a museum.

“The new restorations are gradually resulting in a historic destruction,” member of the Isfahan Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts Society Davud Paknejad said.

“The mortar used in the restoration has overloaded the structure and now cracks can be seen in the ceiling,” h

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