1.         Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan (Iran (Islamic Republic of)) (C 1397)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  2012

Criteria  (ii)

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

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1397/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1397/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1397/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2014

The State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation on 30 January 2014. It reports progress on the following:

The State Party has expressed its willingness to invite and host an ICOMOS advisory mission, as requested by the World Heritage Committee. The advisory mission had not taken place at the time of the preparation of this report.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The State Party made efforts in undertaking the revision of the Meydan-e Atiq project, taking into consideration the structural, safety and design issues raised by the Committee. According to the current proposal no structural connection between the new galleries and the historic walls of the mosque is foreseen. Ample passage for pedestrians through the redesign of the entrance gate and the arched openings will provide suitable access to the square during major events.

Furthermore, information provided by the State Party indicates that the design of the project is appropriate to the local urban design tradition and setting of the mosque. It is recommended that the Committee welcome the progress made with the revision of the project taking into account the recommendations made its last session.

With reference to the recommendation for strengthening the protection of the buffer zone, the buffer zone has been integrated into the Isfahan Master Plan.  In view of the information provided concerning urban development plan and the revitalization plan for the historic axis of Isfahan, the development, adoption and implementation of an integrated conservation and management plan is imperative, as are mechanisms for monitoring urban development. Therefore, it is recommended that the Committee request the State Party to, as a matter of urgency, to develop, adopt and implement an integrated conservation and management plan, as well as elaborating mechanisms for monitoring urban development, and to provide this information to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review.

Decision Adopted: 38 COM 7B.15

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.63, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Notes the progress made in the revision of the Meydan-e Atiq project in response to the Committees request;
  4. Requests the State Party to develop, adopt and implement an integrated conservation and management plan, as well as to elaborate mechanisms for monitoring urban development;
  5. Reiterates its recommendation to the State Party that Heritage Impact Assessments are carried out for any future developments in the buffer zone, such as further rehabilitation of the surrounding historic bazaar, to ensure that any developments do not impact adversely on the property and its wider setting;
  6. Welcomes the invitation by the State Party to host the ICOMOS advisory mission, to consider how the requests of the Committee at the time of inscription have been addressed;
  7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2015, a report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property, including progress made in the implementation of the above recommendations, for examination by the Committee at its 40th session in 2016.