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Subway Won’t Cross Historical Street
to the perseverance of cultural heritage news agency and the
sensitivity of other media, municipal and Isfahan subway
officials have finally agreed with the prohibition of an
underground line beneath the historical street of Char-bagh.
In the last few years, while Isfahan subway officials insisted
on putting their project into effect, the Iranian cultural
heritage & tourism organization as the governmental body
responsible for the preservation and protection of the Iranian
cultural heritage continually proclaimed its disagreement with
the subway in Char-bagh St. due to its irretrievable damages for
this historical street.
“After numerous debates about the subway’s negative effects
on Char-bagh St. between the Isfahani officials and CHTO
officials, Isfahan city officials finally agreed to withdraw
their project,” Monireh Akhavan, Isfahan representative in the
Iranian parliament, told CHN.
Char-bagh (4 gardens) is one of the oldest and finest streets in
Iran, built during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722) and decked
out with fountains, trees, unique cobblestones, and historical
buildings like Char-bagh Mosque and Hasht-behesht Palace. This
historical street was added to the Iranian national heritage
list in 1931.
Akhavan said, “On the eve of this important decision,
necessary studies for the rerouting of Isfahan subway have
begun, and Isfahan subway project is to due to be finished in 2
According to Iranian cultural heritage experts, digging and
drilling for the underground line could damage Si-o-se pol as
well as the historical monuments dotting Char-bagh St.
Considering the weight of this 400-year-old bridge that no
longer cherishes its primary stability and strength, an
underground line passing beneath Char-bagh St. could have a
negative effect on the foundation of this bridge that is
comprised of traditional materials like limestone and bricks.
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