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Yazd Cultural Heritage at Risk


23 July 2005



Given the process of construction and renovation in the ancient city of Yazd, experts have warned that the city's cultural heritage will be destroyed in the next three years.

The historical texture of Yazd is significant in its cultural heritage and experts have called for safeguarding the cultural sites in the city, CHN said.

Head of Yazd Research Center Mohammad Hossein Khademzadeh said that state organs are responsible for the destruction of Yazd cultural sites. "Construction works conducted in Yazd in the past 50 years have been detrimental to the cultural heritage sites in the city," he pointed out.

Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Yazd province has stated its resolve to safeguard adobe structures in the city and said that it will no longer allow further destruction of historical sites of this ancient central Iranian city.

Khademzadeh said that steps have been taken to register Yazd cultural heritage sites with Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and that after the job was done at national level, the registration of Yazd with UNESCO will be followed up.




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