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Auction of Qajar Mansion Legal

Auctioning the ancient structure of Nasereddin Mirza Mansion in Tehran to a private owner has no legal obstacles since it is not currently owned by the government, the director of the mansion's restoration project said.

Located in Sour-e-Esrafil Street in the Iranian capital, Nassereddin Mirza Mansion, which dates back to the Qajar era (1789-1925), has been on the National Heritage List since 2005. According to the National Heritage Protection Act, if a cultural heritage site is owned by the government, ceding or selling the site without the government's permission is illegal, Ali Badri told IRNA.

"However, the mansion is under the ownership of the Civil Servants Pension Organization, which, despite being a public institution, is not a government entity and receives no funding from the administration," he said.

Badri said this means that the law does not apply to the site and it can therefore be auctioned.

The renovation process, which was carried out under the direct supervision of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, has just finished and "it is the right time to find the best possible use for the site".

"The mansion has been restored as a lodging facility and future owners must provide guarantees that they will honor the site's inscription on the heritage list, meaning they will not cause aesthetic or structural changes," said Mohammad Sajjad Langari, an urban construction expert, at CSPO.

The mansion used to cover 4,500 square meters, but only 900 square meters of it have been left intact. The house is of particular interest to historians and architects because it's similar in design to structures found in arid regions and bears little resemblance to common Qajar-era buildings.


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