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Parvin Etesami's house becomes national heritage site

Tehran, Oct 18, IRNA-Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) declared on Wednesday that the house of contemporary Iranian poet, Parvin Etesami, has been registered as a national monument.

According to old local statistics, the historical house of Etesami is more than 80 years old and is situated in the ancient neighborhood of Oudlajan near Sarcheshmeh junction in the capital city of Tehran.

A report released by the Public Relations Department of ICHHTO on Wednesday said that Etesami's house is a beautiful building built in an area of 1,000 square meters.

"The family of the poet resided in the house for about 80 years and it was protected by the poet's inheritors up to the past decade.

Then it was rebuilt and divided into several smaller buildings, which were then sold to other families.

"The monument is highly significant from historical and cultural points of views and reminds one of the architecture of the late Qajar era. It is characterized by the impact of the neo-classical architecture of the West on the traditional architectural remains of Safavid period," said the report.

It noted that the engravings on the monument's frontal view and simple stuccos in the interior are the only decorations.

"Prior to being sold to other people, the building was the private property of Parvin Etesami's family ever since it was built.

"According to the people residing in the neighborhood, once the eastern flank of the building was completely destroyed, it was purchased by the municipality of the area," concluded the report.

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