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ICHTO Will Buy Jahan Nama Tower


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 14 December 2005



Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) will purchase Jahan Nama Tower which is being constructed in Isfahan by Islamic Revolutionay Guards in the vicinity of the city’s ancient landmark Naqsh-e Jahan Square to ensure that the tower’s height will not exceed the standard specified by UNESCO.

Vice President and Head of the ICHTO Rahim Mashaei said that the Government has authorized the purchase of the tower to meet UNESCO’s requirement for retaining Naqsh-e Jahan Square on its list of global cultural heritage.

The Persian daily Aftab quoted Mashaei as saying that Iran has until February 1st to confirm to UNESCO that the height of the tower will be reduced and set a timetable for the operation while an extra six-month period will be given to fulfil UNESCO criteria.

He said that government has decided to help Isfahan Municipality to offset financial losses by offering to buy the extra stories as deemed necessary by UNESCO.

Mashaei said that with the cabinet decision the problem of Jahan Nama is resolved and there is no obstacle to retaining Naqsh-e Jahan Square on the UNESCO list of global cultural heritage.

Asked about the Sivand Dam in Fars province, he said that excavations at Bolaghi Pass will clarify whether or not construction of the dam should be halted.

He said Ministry of Energy agreed not to submerge ancient Iranian heritage until mid-March pending a report from ICHTO to the government about archeological findings from historical site of Bolaghi Pass.

He said that currently eight international archeological teams and five Iranian teams are involved in Bolaghi Pass to draw up a report for the government about the archeological significance of the site.

He said that unfortunately the archeological importance of the area was not taken into account when launching construction operations at Sivand Dam, but, the Ministry of Energy has agreed to coordinate future construction of dams elsewhere in the country with the ICHTO.





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