Conservation kudos: Shahi Hammam restoration wins UNESCO’s Award of Merit — Tribune com Pakistan

LAHORE: The conservation of the 17th century Shahi Hammam in the Walled City of Lahore has received the Award of Merit in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, announced in Bangkok on September 1.

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To celebrate this, the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and Aga Khan Culture Services Pakistan (AKCSP) organised a press briefing at the Hammam on Thursday.

The Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP), with financial support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) and facilitation from the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA), carried out the conservation of the Mughal-era public bathhouse. The two-year project which wascompleted in 2015 is part of a successful public-private partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Punjab. The primary objectives of the conservation effort were to re-establish the monument as a bathhouse through the exposure, conservation and display of the remains of the original waterworks, drainage and hypocaust system through archaeological excavation, structural consolidation and restoration of the historic floor levels.

WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari said: “Conservation work at Dina Nath well and Wazir Khan square will be completed by March next year. These will be revived to their original glory.” AKCSP consultant Rashid Makhdum briefed the participants about the historic importance of Shahi Hammam and the techniques used during its conservation.

He said that the two-year project, completed in 2015, was part of a public-private partnership between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the provincial government.

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