Demolition of a half-ruined building in the historical texture of Yazd has been suspended by the Protection Unit of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in an effort to ensure safety for the World Heritage Site.
According to Fatemeh Danesh-Yazdi, head of the provincial office of ICHHTO, the building was partly ruined and was not of heritage value.
Therefore, a permit for its demolition and construction of a three-story building was issued in 2015 when Yazd’s historical district was yet to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
“But conditions have changed since Yazd gained global status, hence the approved plans need to undergo revisions to ensure compliance with the new rules, CHTN quoted her as saying.
Also, heavy vehicles are not allowed in the vicinity of the vulnerable historical zones, so the destruction was suspended by the protection unit.