On the morning, 11th October 2014 Isfahan municipality for holding the celebration polo as part of international conference Intangible cultural Heritage, to dig floor of Naghsh-e Jahan square near the entrance of Caesarea market, while they had not received the necessary permissions from the cultural heritage.
Voice of Iranian quoted Cultural Heritage news agency, Isfahan municipality in the morning of 11th October 2014, to hold polo event as part of the international conference intangible cultural heritage, to dig the floor of Naghsh-e Jahan square near the entrance of Caesarea market.
The Heritage Foundation has published report, it’s wrote “Naghsh-e Jahan Square Isfahan in a strange hidden action and under the lights of a pickup truck was wounded. Municipal Workers supervised by members of the Polo Federation in arbitrariness action, without permission and without the experts of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Cultural Heritage used the darkness and solitude of the world record Naghsh-e Jahan square and the sudden removal of historic stone floorings near the Caesarea market.”
“Hojatollah Dehkhodai” Secretary Polo Federation, who coincides with the start of the Jahan Square in Isfahan damaged flooring was in place at morning 11th October 2014, claimed that “the dismantling Naghsh-e Jahan Square Isfahan flooring was coordinated with Masood Sultanifar, head of Cultural Heritage and Vice President.
“Farhad Nazari”, Director recorded historical monuments of the Iran to protest the destruction of the stone flooring Naghsh-e Jahan square said: “The hidden self-act of destruction flooring of Naghsh-e Jahan Square was very wrong.”
In additional comment he said: Based on the World Heritage and principles and criteria cultural heritage,the Polo Federation and the Isfahan municipality must act immediately to remedy the damage floor and re-flooring damaged floor of Naghsh-e Jahan Square.
It is said that the unit of protection cultural heritage, was trying to prevent the continued were destroyed, but municipality workers did not stop their acts. Finally, the presence of cultural heritage authorities, municipality activities has been stopped in Naghsh-e Jahan square.
According to published reports, Isfahan municipality happens instead of trying to rebuild the floors just covered the damaged place and remaining stone floor by grass.
Based on this meeting’s agenda, as well as advertising in Isfahan, It was only a symbolic march polo teams in the city streets and public spaces as part of its, But suddenly Isfahan municipality and polo federation members in strange decided to hold a contest to build a polo ground in Naghsh-e jahan square – world recorded square.
According to Heritage’s website, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, Vice cultural heritage of Iran was also informed of the destruction of Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan has said: “Naghsh-e Jahan Square, a world heritage of mankind and decide for each activity at each point of the monument shall be coordinated by UNESCO.”
Voice of Iranian reported, when happened this incident that Isfahan hosts foreign guests and the head of UNESCO for international conference intangible heritage.
Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan in 1979 was registered on the World Heritage List, any manipulation in this global impact need permits require from cultural heritage of Iran and UNESCO.
Translated by Amir Shakib