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UNESCO concerned about threats to Soltanieh Dome


TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- The director of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office expressed concern about the construction projects threatening the Soltanieh Dome, an Ilkhanid monument registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

If the projects continue, UNESCO will take serious action concerning the monument, Qunli Han told the Persian service of CHN on Saturday.

The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) should not let the "bitter experience" of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square to be repeated, he added.

Construction of 64 shops on the perimeter of the Soltanieh Dome is threatening the monument, which is located in Zanjan Province. The construction permit for the shops has been issued by the monument's former and present officials.

The projects are being constructed in the Talebieh area, under which a part of the ruins of the historic city of Soltanieh and its congregational mosque are buried.

The Soltanieh Dome is an Islamic monument that was registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 2005.

Soltanieh, the mausoleum of Oljaitu, was constructed from 1302 to 1312 in the city of Soltanieh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols.

The CHTHO has previously been involved in a legal dispute with the Isfahan Municipality on the Jahan-Nama Tower, which has been built near Naqsh-e Jahan Square and its complex of monuments from the Safavid era, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

The Jahan-Nama Tower spoiled the horizontal view of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. As a result, UNESCO called upon the CHTHO to modify it. Otherwise, the square would be added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

Afterward, the Isfahan Municipality decided to modify the Jahan-Nama Tower in order to accomodate UNESCO's concerns.

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