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Jahan-Nama Tower will collapse if modification continues, warn experts

TEHRAN, June 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- The experts in charge of the modification of the Jahan-Nama Tower in central capital Isfahan have warned if the work continues, the tower will totally collapse.

The UNESCO had threatened to add Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square to its List of World Heritage in Danger in case the modification of the controversial 56-meter tower did not begin before last February.

Jahan-Nama Tower, west of the square, still spoils the horizontal view of the square, whose monuments were registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

"So far, a roof of the tower with all related installations has been removed, but we have encountered pendulum-like concrete columns that support the lower stories. If the columns are detached, the tower will lose its balance and will entirely fall," the tower modification director Reza Dowlatyar told the Persian Service of CHN on Thursday.

"The fall of the tower could be very dangerous and will certainly cause irreparable damages and casualties," warned the director adding, "So the modification process has come to a standstill to allow a team of experts to look for a solution to the case.

"If the team finds a solution, the modification will be carried out in a month."

The modification started in late October 2005 and the UNESCO announced that the height of the tower at its eastern side should be reduced by 12 meters and the western side by 24.48 meters.

During his last May visit to Isfahan, the UNESCO World Heritage Center director Francesco Bandarin expressed his satisfaction with the modification process, arguing that the case can be used as a model for safeguarding the world heritage sites in similar situations.

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