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Sabet Pasal Mansion Safe for Now

Sabet Pasal Mansion Safe for NowSabet Pasal Mansion Safe for Now

Tehran's cultural heritage authorities have denied rumors about the demolition of Sabet Pasal Mansion in the upscale Jordan (Nelson Mandela Street) neighborhood.

According to Rajabali Khosroabadi, the head of the provincial office of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, the owner of the property has given a written pledge to safeguard the structure and not knock it down, IRNA reported.

However, he said a "cultural site and lodging facility will be constructed" to the west of the mansion.

"The demolition of Sabat Pasal was proposed two years ago, but ICHHTO managed to prevent it after talks with the municipality," he said.

The organization later started negotiations with the owner of the house and the two sides agreed to establish "cultural/lodging space" adjacent to the property, which would remain intact.

The proposal is currently awaiting a permit from Tehran's ICHHTO office.

The official noted that at present, there is no need for the national inscription of the site as the owner's commitment will guarantee the safety of the house and its buffer zone.

- Heritage List Inscription

This is while Farhad Nazari, the head of Cultural and Historical Heritage Registration Office at ICHHTO, was quoted as saying by the Persian daily Sharq on Sunday, "It is imperative to inscribe the site on the National Heritage List soon."

That would mean that no development will be allowed in the site's buffer zone.

Mehdi Chamran, the outgoing chairman of Tehran City Council, had recently said the building "is of no cultural value" and supported a proposal to construct a mosque in its place as well as a commercial center "to cover the expenses of the mosque".

Khosroabadi dismissed Chamran's claims as baseless, stressing that the agreements with the owner are firmly in place.

Sabet Pasal Mansion, also known as the "Stone Palace" or "Iran's Versailles Palace", is Tehran's largest historical house located to the north of Africa Boulevard in Elahiyeh neighborhood. It was built in the second Pahlavi period across an area of over 11,500 square meters, modeled after Petit Trianon Chateau on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles.

It belonged to wealthy Iranian businessman Habibollah Sabet, known as Sabet Pasal, but was seized by Mostazafan Foundation after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It is now owned by Ali Ansari, managing director of Ayandeh Bank.

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