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Penalties for Destroying National Heritage


News Category: Cultural

 08 December 2005


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Graffiti carved with a sharp objects over the murals of 15th century Aliqâpu Palace, Esfahân


Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) finally has decided to step up actions by prosecuting those who damage historical monuments.

Officials have announced that as per the law, owners of historical monuments will receive sentences ranging from one- to 10-year imprisonment if they cause any damage to monuments, CHN said.

Although the organization has so far pursued the policy of encouraging owners to protect historical monuments, the growing trend of destruction of edifices registered as national heritage sites has made it imperative to prosecute those who do not heed the warnings.

Many owners consider monuments as a hindrance to earning more profits, so they want to construct residential units in place of their ancestral property.

Deputy head of Tehran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department for technical protection said that destruction of some sections of Afrasiab House, City Theatre and Moinfar House and many other edifices in Tehran will force sections of national heritage pertaining to the Qajar and Pahlavi eras to permanently go into oblivion.

Qadir Afarvand further said that such destructive actions are not just limited to the people but a number of state enterprises also fail to protect old buildings.





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