In a bid to build a new public mosque, developers destroyed one of Iran's most significant historical burial places, dating back to Safavid era, in the central city of Isfahan, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.
The historical graveyard of Takht-I Foolad (Steel Bed), southeast of the city, is considered the most important burial place of the Islamic period in Iran. It is the final resting place of great thinkers, philosophers and artists such as Mirfenderski and Molasadra, arguably the greatest Iranian philosopher.
"The new grand mosque is being built exactly on the cemetery, burying the historical tombs under tons of concrete," lamented Alireza Khajavi, deputy of preservation and renovation at Isfahan's Cultural Heritage Organization.
He noted the plan to build a new mosque not only ruins the cemetery but also ignores the current grand mosque built during the Safavid era (1501-1722).
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