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Thursday, December 09, 2004

CHN - News 771

CHN - News 771: "Large Prison Compound to be Replaced by a Cultural Center in Tehran


A large cultural complex will soon replace a sprawling prison compound in Tehran. The capital municipality workers tore down tall walls of the Qasr prison on Tuesday as the Prisons Organization handed a large part of it over to the Tehran municipality.

Originally a palace built in the Qajar era, the Qasr prison was the largest detention facility used to incarcerate prisoners of conscience.

Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad noted the part of the history of the Islamic revolution has taken shape in Qasr, adding the cultural center to replace the prison should be designed in a way as to ensure the memories and the historical identity of the prison were preserved for the future generations.

The handover of the prison will be carried in several phases, the second and third of which were carried out and the whole project is expected to be completed in a few months.

Currently, the municipality has taken over some 70 percent of the compound and the rest is forecast to be handed over in two months.

The Qasr prison was built in 1789 in the second year of the reign of Fat'halishah of Qajar. It was a royal summer palace that turned into a prison as the Qajars were dethroned and Pahlavi acceded. "

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