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Isfahan Subway Barred from Crossing Historical Street

Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) blamed Isfahan's subway offices for trying to ruin its historical fabric and barred it from passing its route down under a historical street, a big attraction for tourists, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported on Wednesday.

"The underground officials are deliberately ignorant of the potential damages the planned route would incur on Char-Bagh (Four Garden) St," said Mohammad Hassan Mohebali, deputy of CHTO's renovation department. "Hussein Marashi, president of CHTO, has written a strong worded letter to urge them to detour the street."

The subway officials in the city intend to have the route pass under the street, but they are faced with a public outcry. Char-Bagh Abbasi Street was built under the reign of King Abbas I (1587 - 1629).

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