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ICHTO Blocking Illegitimate Construction of Yazd Library



06 August 2005


Construction of National Library in Yazd has been suspended following a dispute between municipal officials and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) about preserving the ancient texture of the city.

According to Urban and Architecture New Agency (UAN), construction of the library was approved by the Article 5 Commission of Yazd and the project has recorded a progress of 60 percent.

An official of the Housing Organization in Yazd province, Mohammad Darzereshki said that ICHTO believes that the construction of the library will damage cultural heritage of the city.

He added that ICHTO had so far consented to the project, but, they rejected the earlier agreement after objecting to the building’s elevation.

Head of ICHTO in Yazd province Mohammad Reza Hosseini said that height of the library should not exceed nine meters, whereas, the skeleton of the building is 19 meters high.

Hosseini said that ICHTO had authorized the construction of 7,200 square meters of library with an elevation of nine meters.

The official said that the architecture and elevation of the building under construction is disproportionate with the cultural texture of Yazd.

Yazd historical texture is unique in terms of adobe buildings and ICHTO has compiled documents to register Yazd as a UNESCO global cultural heritage site.




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