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Iran: Judiciary Experts to Determine Jahan Nama's Height

Tehran, 26 January 2006 (CHN) -- Following the signing of the protocol on reducing the height of Jahan Nama Tower by Isfahan's mayor and governor, the judiciary of Isfahan has started initial studies in Naqsh e Jahan Square to determine possible way to lower the tower. The governor and some of the members of Isfahan's City Council were also present during the initial investigations in Naqsh e Jahan square.

During their initial measures, the experts of judiciary of Isfahan studied the number of floors which should be reduced and the estimated damages caused to this tower and surrounding buildings in doing so, while Isfanan's governor has accepted to pay for the loss.

Based on the previous agreements, the height of Jahan Nama Tower will be reduced in such a way that its roof would be aligned with the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. This way, it is estimated that the height of Jahan Nama Tower should be reduced by three floors. However, the exact number of floors that must be deconstructed will be determined after placing a telescope on top of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and observing the details.

The protocol recently signed on lowering of Jahan Nama stated that an Expert Committee must be formed to provide a timetable for reduction the height of the tower. The deadline determined by UNESCO for Iran to submit a clarified schedule in this respect to preserve the place of Naqsh e Jahan Square in UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites is first of February. UNESCO has warned Iran that if this schedule is not submitted to UNESCO by that time, it would inscribe the Naqsh e Jahan Square in its list of Endangered Heritage.

Jahan Nama, a tall building in Isfahan, is located at a 760 meter distance from the historical site of Naqsh e Jahan Square. Due to its close distance to the Square and its tall height, Jahan Nama has intruded the aerial buffer zone of Naqshe Jahan Square and consequently has threatened this UNESCO world heritage site with an impending placement on the Endangered World Heritage List. To prevent this from happening, Iran has promised not only to shorten the height of the tower but also to change its usage from a commercial to a cultural center.

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