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CHTHO Oblivious to Destruction on Naqsh-e Jahan Square by the Islamic Republic's Militias

 

28 June 2009

 

 

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  Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Click to enlarge)

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) is disregarding the factors threatening the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of Iran’s historical sites registered on UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

The national uprising against the Islamic regime aftermath of the June 12 presidential election, Islamic Republic's militias have caused damage to parts of the Safavid dynastic era square in Isfahan..

 

Some flowerpots have been broken by the staging installed for the Friday prayer and also by various meetings by the regime at the site.

 

Tile work and stones of some columns of the Shah Mosque have been broken by regime's vehicles carrying the staging.

 

In addition, the blare of loudspeakers installed at Naqsh-e Jahan for various ceremonies by the regime also has caused damage to monuments located around the square.

 

“The sound of the loudspeakers is seriously damaging the site’s ancient mud-brick structures,” a CHTHO expert, who requested anonymity, said.

 

“The destruction is irreversible. Avoiding the blare of the loudspeakers is the only way to prevent further damage,” he added.

 

Comprising the Shah(-Abbas) Mosque, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, the Aali-Qapu Palace and the Qeisarieh Bazaar, the 17th-century Naqsh-e Jahan Square was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

 

In 2006, UNESCO asked CHTHO to modify the Jahan-Nama Tower, a trade center built near the square about eight years ago.

 

UNESCO had announced that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards tower spoiled the horizontal view of Naqsh-e Jahan square.

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]

  

 

 

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