Seven ancient synagogues in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have been destroyed by local authorities.That's from Adnkronos International, via Solomonia. I noted in January a similar effort to destroy historical buildings in Old Damascus.
The synagogues were in the Oudlajan suburb of Tehran, where many Iranian Jews used to live.
"These buildings, which were part of our cultural, artistic and architectural heritage were burnt to the ground," said Ahmad Mohit Tabatabaii, the director of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) office in Tehran.
"With the excuse of renovating this ancient quarter, they are erasing a part of our history," said Tabatabaii.
* Update: In a comment below, Sam Kermanian of the Iranian American Jewish Federation says the synagogues were razed but not torched:
The synagogues in question were in the old Jewish ghetto which has long been evacuated by the community and the synagogues themselves were deserted for decades and essentially decayed. Although they are part of Jewish History, the truth is that none were of cultural, historical or archituctral significance.