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Fate of Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square to be decided by UNESCO

Isfahan, June 7, IRNA-Iran's representative and permanent envoy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ahmad Jalali, here Tuesday said that the organization's technical committee is on the verge of deciding the fate of Isfahan's landmark Naqsh-e Jahan Square as a globally registered monument.

He added that the deadline set for reducing the height of Jahan-Nama Tower which is under construction at Naqsh-e Jahan Square is about to expire.

A report released at the website of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) said that unfortunately some of the organizations in charge of the urban affairs including Isfahan Municipality have disregarded UNESCO's concerns.

The type of architecture, height and width of the tower under construction, marked by its sharp contrast to the ancient urban structure of Isfahan, prompted the UNESCO experts to express concern during an inspection of the site.

In its earlier meeting in Paris, UNESCO warned Iran that if the process of construction within the precincts of Naqsh-e Jahan Square is not halted, it will be removed from the list of global historical heritage and will be placed on the list of cultural heritage sites threatened with destruction.

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

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