04 March 2001
deputy head of the Cultural Heritage Department (CHD)
in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province, elaborated on
the license issued by the department authorizing
the destruction of an Old building in the city,
named Bahador Khan residence.
The Central News
Bureau reported on Friday that a national monument
dating back to the Qajar period has been destroyed
by the authorization of the Cultural Heritage
Department of East Azarbaijan. Speaking to the
TEHRAN TIMES, Saeid Hodaei denied the report,
saying that the Old building belonged to the Reza
Shah Pahlavi era and was not considered a national
building was built in 1931 or 1936, he said,
adding that there are over 300 Old buildings in
Tabriz, most of which are not considered national
Hodaei said that
the CHD experts usually study the Old buildings
and if they are of great value or ancient,
measures are taken to preserve the buildings.
needed, the license for destruction will be issued
for any Old building which has no cultural or
historical value, or is not ancient," he
financial support the government provides for the
local CHD offices throughout the country, he said
that according to Note 23 of the country's budget
bill, a fund is allocated to such departments for
the preservation of historical monuments.
to the law, steps can even be taken to preserve
and restore privately owned ancient buildings,
with the participation of the owner.