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Tower Awaiting Repairs
01 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Despite warnings about the urgent need to
repair Tehran’s Shahyad-e Aryamehr (Shahyād-e Aryāmehr)
, no action has been taken so far to reinforce the structure which was
built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary
of the Imperial regime which became the symbol of the capital. In 1980 Islamic regime changed its
name to Āzādi (freedom) tower. It is 50 metres (148 feet) tall and is
completely clad in cut marble.
Mehdi Memarzadeh, technical supervisor of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO), told CHN that Shahyad Tower is in a critical state and its
foundation is being threatened by water seepage and is facing gradual
destruction. Fragments of the outer parts of the tower are fallen apart owing to
aging and lack of repair in the past 35 years since its construction.
While Tehran Municipality has earmarked a significant sum for repairing the
tower, the lack of coordination among ICHTO, Ministry of Culture and Islamic
Guidance and Tehran Municipality has delayed the start of repair works.
Memarzadeh contended that for the time being survival of Shahyad Tower is
directly linked to coordination of the organs mentioned above and any negligence
in this respect would be detrimental to the cultural heritage.
He said that repair of the tower has been postponed for several years because
there was no clarity in terms of its realm and legal boundaries. It took a long
time to clarify the specifications of the tower and in the next stage there was
difficulty in providing funds for repair, he said.
However, currently the fund is available and the three organs--Municipality,
ICHTO and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance should come to terms on the
repair of Shahyad Tower, he said.
Qadir Afravand, deputy head of Tehran province Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department in charge of protection and revival of cultural heritage, said that
in case of coordination among respective organs, practical steps would be taken
to repair the tower in the year to March 2007.
architect was Hossein Amanat who had won a competition to design the monument.
Shahyad combines the Sasanian and post-Sasanian Iranian architecture styles. It
is a part of the Shahyad cultural complex, located in nowadays Tehran's Azadi
square in an area of some 50,000 m². There is a museum and several fountains
underneath the tower.