of the underground urban railway line in Isfahan's
Chahar-Bagh district will be detrimental to the areas
architecture and will lead to the destruction of Madreseh
Chahharbagh (Chaharbagh Seminary) and Si-o Se Pol (33-dent bridge).
Expressing this view, Secretary of the Association Advocating
Cultural Heritage of Isfahan Hamid Yaqini acknowledged in a meeting
of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that Isfahan needs the
metro to expedite transportation and prevent pollution, but, the
necessity to maintain cultural heritage also should be taken into
We should know that a nation that could not protect its cultural
heritage will have identity crisis, Yaqini said.
Chahar-Bagh Garden was designed by Isfahani architects under Shah
Abbas the Great of Safavid dynasty in the year 1597 in three
flanks with stone pavement and rivers passing by. This contributed
to the magnificent surroundings of the historical site.
He expressed concern that the train movement will cause a shock
equivalent to a tremor of two degrees on the Richter scale and
Chahar-Bagh School and Si-o Se Pol which are located along the route
of the metro may be destroyed gradually.
Chahar-Bagh School is 400-year old and has stood firmly, but, with
the establishment of a metro line in the vicinity, no one can
guarantee the building will stand so in the next 20 years, he