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Isfahan Metro Will Devastate Historical Sites

 

News Category: Cultural Disaster

 30 October 2004

 

 

Construction 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 account.


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 asserted.

 

 

 


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