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.