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Isfahan governor general halts Jahan-Nama Tower project

Isfahan Governor General Mahmoud Hosseini on Wednesday issued the order to stop the construction process of Jahan-Nama Tower in compliance with President Mohammad Khatami's call and the letter received from the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Ahmad Masjed Jamei, IRNA reported from Isfahan.

Photo: Ali Moayedian

In a letter addressed to Isfahan governor, Hosseini referred to the changes in the plans for the construction of Jahan-Nama tower following the approval of the Protection and Preservation Headquarters of Isfahan province Cultural Heritage Department on January 2002.

The letter was followed by another one written by Isfahan Governor General Office's Construction Department addressed to the Municipality which called for a halt to the project.

In his letter, Hosseini pointed out the recent UNESCO warning that if Jahan-Nama is constructed in the historical complex of Isfahan Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square, it will be omitted from the global heritage list and will be placed on the list of cultural heritage sites threatened by destruction.

Photo: Ali Moayedian

The project got underway as a cultural and commercial complex, adjacent to the historical Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square, Chahar-Bagh and other ancient monuments in 1996.

The type of architecture, height and width of the monument under construction, marked by its sharp contrast to the city ancient texture, prompted the UNESCO experts in their inspection of the site last year to express concern over the project.

In its recent meeting in Paris, UNESCO warned Iran that if the process of unprecedented construction within the precincts of Naqsh-e Jahan Square is not halted, it will be removed from the list of global historical heritage at the next UNESCO session scheduled for 2004.

The incomplete project is located to the west of Isfahan's Imam Hussain Square.

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