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UNESCO official dubs Jahan-Nama case model

TEHRAN, May 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- UNESCO World Heritage Center director Francesco Bandarin announced his satisfaction with the modification process of the Jahan-Nama Tower in Isfahan and said that the case can be used as a model for safeguarding world heritage sites in similar situations, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday.

During a visit to the modification operation on Monday morning, Bandarin stated that the case is unique in the world.

UNESCO had threatened to add Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square to its List of World Heritage in Danger if the modification of the controversial 56-meter Jahan-Nama Tower did not take place before last February.

Located west of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Jahan-Nama Tower still spoils the horizontal view of the square containing a complex of monuments which was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

Bandarin is also scheduled to travel to Fars Province to visit Pasargadae and the archaeological activities underway in the nearby Bolaghi Valley.

Teams of French, Italian, Polish, Japanese, German, and Australian archaeologists along with Iranian experts are working in the Bolaghi Valley, where the Sivand Dam will soon submerge 130 archaeological sites. The process of filling the reservoir is scheduled to begin in late spring.

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