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Meidan Emam, Esfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of) (C 115)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List 1979

Criteria (i) (v) (vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger N/A

Previous Committee Decisions 31 COM 7B.71; 32 COM 7B.72; 33 COM 7B.75

International Assistance Total amount provided to the property: USD 2,752 (Training assistance)

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds Total amount provided to the property: 5,710 Euros (France/UNESCO Cooperation Agreement)

Previous monitoring missions July 2002: ICOMOS and France – UNESCO Cooperation Agreement mission; June 2004 and May 2005: U N E S C O T e h r a n O f f i c e f a c t - f i n d i n g m i s s i o n s ; M a y 2 0 0 6 : W o r l d H e r i t a g e C e n t r e m i s s i o n ; J u n e , D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 6 March 2010: joint WHC/ICOMOS reactive monitoring and April 2007: UNESCO Tehran advisory missions; mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

  • a)

    Uncoordinated urban development - construction of a large scale commercial complex;

  • b)

    Subway route through the historical axis of Esfahan.

Illustrative material http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/115

Current conservation issues

On 19 February 2010 a report on the state of conservation of the Meidan Emam, Esfahan was submitted by the State Party. The report directly addressed the issues outlined in the Decision 33 COM 7B.75 of the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009).

a)

Reduction in height of the Jahan-Nama building

The State Party reports that this was delayed by structural difficulties but demolition of the remaining parts has now restarted and is expected to be finished soon. The joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission (28 February - 7 March 2010) observed that the 12th floor had been demolished and that demolition of the 11th floor was

under way. The Iranian authorities

mission also reported that the official to be addressed to the World Heritage

information

on

and

evidence

of

the

completed

demolition

11th)

of

the

Jahan-Nama

building

complex

has

not

been

communication promised by the Centre before 15 April 2010 with of two additional floors (12th and received. The mission also found

that

large-scale,

ad

hoc

construction

and

development

projects

continue

to

be

planned

(for

instance, the Atiq Square development project impact assessments, adequate consultation participation.

close with

to the Jama’a Mosque), without prior concerned stakeholders, or public

b)

Impact assessment of the Metro Line project

The State Party has provided the “Report on Environmental Measures taken for Protection of the Chahar-Bagh Historical Boulevard Properties” prepared by consulting engineers ZAFA.

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 123

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