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Poor Civic Amenities Destroying Historical Textures


12 June 2005


Lack of civic amenities in ancient texture of historical cities has caused the people to desert those areas and bring about irreparable damage to cultural heritage sites.

Expressing this view, Mohammad Ali Tabarsa, head of the Department for Protection and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in Historical Cities, pointed out that the old districts of Isfahan have suffered major damage, reported Urban and Architecture News Agency (UAN).

He said that despite their rich cultural heritage, the old districts of Isfahan have been abandoned due to the lack of civic amenities. Depopulation of historical areas of Isfahan has gradually left them exposed to destruction, he noted.

Tabarsa further said that the historical districts of Mashhad and Qom have also been exposed to ruin to the extent that in Qom the old texture of the city has been completely razed.

Some 60 hectares of the old districts of holy Qom has been ruined after the construction of the highway 'Haram to Haram', he added.

He said that the construction of Jahan Nama Tower near Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is yet another example of neglecting the significance of historical sites in large cities.

The official said that the same trend has been observed in Kerman province and Tabriz.



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