TEHRAN: During restoration work, UNESCO-listed 400-year-old iconic mosque in Iran’s central city of Isfahan was damaged.

The 17th century Shah Mosque (also known as the Royal Mosque) was built during the “Golden Age” of Isfahan. It was the capital of the Safavid Dynasty. According to state media, Alireza Izadi (head of heritage for town) stated that “supervisors and restorers realized there was damage,”

This mosque is one of the four eye-catching structures that make up the huge Naghsh-e Jahan Square. Also known as Meidan Imam, it can be found in the city’s centre. In 1979, UNESCO added the complex surrounding the square to its list of World Heritage Sites. According  to UNESCO the mosque is of ‘special importance’ and it ‘remains a most famous example of the colorful architecture that reached its peak during the Safavid dynasty in Iran.

Experts claim that the designs of the flowers on the tiles are not compatible and the patterns on the dome are not aligned.

“We are going to replace the dome tiles, because the weight of the scaffolding has damaged their edge,” Izadi told the official IRNA news agency.”

Mehdi Pakdel (restorer of the project) stated that he had acknowledged “mistakes“,  had been made, while noting that his “work was not yet finished”.

“The contractor of the project, who is a veteran of restoration in Isfahan has stated that he is prepared to take the necessary steps to fix the defects as soon and as possible.”

Isfahan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iran. while being the third largest city of Iran.

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