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AKDN restored Chihil Sutun Palace at a Glance 2022-03-01

The Chihil Sultan palace is considered one of the historic heritage sites of Afghanistan.
Source: 
tolonews.com

Located in the capital city of Kabul, Chihil Sutun Palace is one of the historic places built by Afghan King Shah Zaman Sadozai in 1796.

The palace served as home for many Afghan kings and emirs.

However, it was severely damaged when the civil wars erupted in the 1970s among the Mujahideen following the fall of the government of Dr. Najibullah.

In 2018, the palace was repaired by the Aga Khan Development Network in cooperation with the German government.

The palace is considered one of the historic heritage sites of Afghanistan.

AKTC rejuvenated Nizamuddin Basti project wins two UNESCO heritage awards

Chausath Khamba conservation works in Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi, India. Pic courtesy AKTC

New Delhi, December 2

In double joy for India, a project on holistic urban revitalisation of the historic Nizamuddin Basti community in Delhi, has brought laurels for the country in two categories in this year's UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The project has won the prestigious Award of Excellence, and another award in the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development category, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said.

Stepwell in Qutb Shahi tombs complex restored by AKTC 2021-11-14

Lessons from the past: The restored stepwell inside the Qutb Shahi tombs complex in Hyderabad. Serish Nanisetti
Source: 
The Hindu

'Probably one of the earliest structures here; might pre-date the necropolis’

In the marvellous garden of a stucco work necropolis of the Qutb Shahi tombs, it is a deep stepwell of dressed granite. While curvy flowy lines and stucco decorations are the norm in the tombs complex, the stepwell is all about straight lines and minimalistic design. Recently restored to the way it appears in archival images from 19th century by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, the effort has been aided by US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

AKTC to work on restoration of Paigah Tombs Complex 2021-10-28

The Paigah Tombs are an interesting place to revisit history of Hyderabad
Source: 
The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is likely to take up restoration works at the Paigah tombs upon the request of AIMIM MLA and floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi. In a meeting on Thursday, the legislator met the AKTC’s CEO Ratish Nanda, at his party’s headquarters Darussalam. Owaisi requested the AKTC to also take up the restoration of works at the Paigah Tombs complex, while lauding their conservation efforts at historic Qutb Shahi tombs.

Delhiwale: Meet the Nila Gumbad executed by AKTC 2021-10-19

The Nila Gumbad, or the blue dome, stands at the far-east of the Humayun tomb complex.(Mayank Austen Soofi)
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Hindustan Times

It’s 24 karat gold—the kalash , or the finial, at the top of the Humayun’s Tomb. The gilded metal glistens in sunshine. Just some steps away is a much smaller tomb. Its dome is dotted with wild grass. But it too is as intense as its celebrity counterpart. The effect is caused by the dome’s enigmatic blue, which is neither shiny, nor pale. The shade appears fragile, and one fears it might wash out during the rains, or under the harsh sunshine.

Telangana will try to get World Heritage Site status for Qutb Shahi tombs 2021-10-06

Qutb Shahi tombs (Photo: Siasat)
Source: 
The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: Telangana municipal administration and urban development minister K. T. Rama Rao (KTR) praised the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) for its “stellar” work on behalf of the state government. Acknowledging the state’s partnership with the AKTC to restore the Qutb Shahi tombs, KTR said that efforts are on to get World Heritage Site status for the Qutb Shahi tombs.

Aga Khan Trust launches website to track cultural threats in Afghanistan 2021-09-24

The fortress in Grishk was almost demolished last week. Photo: Special Collections, Harvard University Fine Arts Library
Source: 
thenationalnews.com Arts & Culture

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Afghanistan has launched an information platform to track threats to cultural heritage in the country.

The Aga Khan Cultural Services' list will be hosted on major social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and will allow the group to log threats to sites of historical importance and bring them to international attention.

Artists and cultural workers face life under Taliban 2.0 AKTC continues work 2021-08-30

Chihilsitoon Garden and palace rehabilitation in Kabul, Afghanistan.  courtesy  AKDN
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washingpost.com

As the clock ticks to Tuesday’s deadline for American forces to leave Afghanistan, the arts and culture sector faces a sobering new reality. After the Americans leave, what will happen to Afghan artists and performers, cultural workers, and nongovernmental organization staffers engaged with heritage, traditional crafts and preservation? There are no answers, but their future depends not just on what the Taliban does, but how deeply civil society has taken root in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

How will cultural heritage be protected under the Taliban? AKTC is a major cultural non-profit 2021-08-29

The site of the giant Buddha statues that were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 in Afghanistan's Bamiyan province. AFP
Source: 
thenationalnews.com

Twenty years ago, the Taliban attached dynamite to two 6th-century Buddhas in the Bamiyan valley and famously blew the enormous statues to bits. The group’s reputation has since been synonymous with the destruction of cultural heritage, and many assume that their return to power will bring about a similar campaign of devastation.

But when the Taliban entered Kabul this month, they posted guards around the National Museum of Afghanistan, saving its antiquities from any feared looting. No vandalism or destruction of major heritage sites has yet been reported.

Archnet was created in 2002 a global electronic resource designed to bridge cultural, civilisational and digital divides.

Archnet was created in 2002 a global electronic resource designed to bridge cultural, civilisational and digital divides.

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims; Charles M. Vest, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Lawrence H. Summers, President of Harvard University 13 years to this day, launched ArchNet

Hazar Imam discusses with President Hosni Mubarak the plans to develop Cairo's largest park 1995-05-06

His Highness The Aga Khan with President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

President Hosni Mubarak today discussed with His Highness the Aga Khan an integrated plan for development of Cairo's largest park, and innovative cultural restoration and economic revitalisation projects being undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in the capital's historic old city.

Qutub Shahi Tombs: 60 pc renovation work completed, a unique heritage park on card 2021-04-16

Project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings
Source: 
siasat.com The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: The 16th Century Qutub Shahi Tombs are one of the main tourist attraction in the city. A heritage park is being added as a new chapter to this attraction.

The unique heritage park is likely to come up on 106 acres of land with the joint efforts of Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

A project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings. The first phase of this grand program of repair and renovation has been completed in 2018 and now the last phase of this program is underway.

Qutub Shahi Tombs: 60 pc renovation work completed, a unique heritage park on card 2021-04-16

Quli Qutb Shah's Tomb

Hyderabad: The 16th Century Qutub Shahi Tombs are one of the main tourist attraction in the city. A heritage park is being added as a new chapter to this attraction.

The unique heritage park is likely to come up on 106 acres of land with the joint efforts of Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

A project is underway to preserve and restore 40 tombs, three mosques, seven wells, and other buildings. The first phase of this grand program of repair and renovation has been completed in 2018 and now the last phase of this program is underway.

The glory of Qutub Shahi tombs being restored by AKTC 2021-03-15

Quli Qutb Shah's Tomb
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siasat.com The Siasat Daily

Hyderabad: A visitor to the historic Qutub Shahi Tombs will be mesmerized by its architectural beauty. The colourful enameled tiles were used in decorating the tombs.

Quli Qutub Shah bears intricate carvings. The enameled tiling of the tomb made it unique from the other tombs.

The Aga Khan Trust for culture CEO Ratish Nanda said, “Qutub Shahi Tombs are fine examples of Indo-Iranian architecture.”

Sunder Nursery isn’t just the new Khan Market. It’s Delhi’s paradise in a pandemic 2020-12-26

Sunder-Nursery-feature-768x432.jpeg
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theprint.in

From botany enthusiasts to social media influencers, everyone agrees Sunder Nursery is Delhi’s go-to spot to escape Covid blues.

Sunder Nursery is teeming these days.

Delhi''s Sunder Nursery chosen for two UNESCO Asia-Pacific awards for conservation 2020-12-19

A lost garden emerges: Sunder Nursery, Delhi, India | Aga Khan Development Network Creator: Picasa
Source: 
outlookindia.com

New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Delhi''s iconic Sunder Nursery, a 90-acre garden which was transformed into a horticultural paradise after a decade-long conservation work, is among the winners in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation this year.
Also, Koothambalam at Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala''s Thrissur has been chosen in the Award of Distinction category.

Rahim’s tomb: Delhi’s monument of love gets new lease of life after six-year conservation 2020-12-17

A view of the Tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i-Khanan also known as Rahim's Tomb, after the completion of its restoration work, near N
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hindustantimes.com

Rahim’s tomb, Delhi’s own monument of love built nearly 50 years before the iconic Taj Mahal, which stood in a ruinous condition with a “risk of collapse” has finally received a new lease of life after six-year-long “monumental conservation” work.

A multi-disciplinary team of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and support of a corporate conglomerate, worked extensively on the project which married traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology.

Afghanistan- Aga Khan to Restore Herat's Ancient Minaret

Herat's Ancient Minaret
Source: 
menafn.com

(MENAFN - Wadsam) The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has committed to restore an ancient minaret in the city of Herat.

Presidential spokesperson Sediq Seddiqi said AKDN in a letter to President Ghani has vowed to help the Afghan government in restoration and protection of one of the five ancient minarets of Herat in Musallah complex that is on the verge of destruction.

Bala Hissar — the ancient citadel of Kabul that AKTC & India is helping Afghanistan to restore 2020-11-01

Bala Hissar Fort in Kabul, Afghanistan | Credits: TOLOnews
Source: 
theprint.in

India signed an MoU with Afghanistan in August for restoration of Bala Hissar fortress, pledging approximately $1 mn. Aga Khan Trust for Culture plans to compete project by 2022.

New Delhi: The restoration work of ancient fortress Bala Hissar in Afghanistan’s Kabul, which received financial aid from the Government of India in August, has started. The fortress is being converted into the country’s first archaeological park.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) Afghanistan, which is executing the project, plans to complete the work by 2022.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture rehabilitates a garden project in Kabul 2019-02-20

Chihilsitoon Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan
Source: 
arabianindustry.com

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has recently restored the 12.5 hectare Chihilsitoon Garden in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Incorporating 10,200m2 of modernised or newly constructed rammed earth buildings, the project now provides high-quality facilities for visitors.

Once a 19th century royal garden that was transformed into a state property that welcomed visiting dignitaries in the 20th century, Chihilsitoon was looted during the Afghan Civil War of the early 1990s and left in a severely damaged state.


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