Government of Afghanistan and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rehabilitate Kabul’s historic heritage

The MoU extends AKDN’s commitment to preserving Afghanistan’s built heritage and developing sustainable models of urban planning, upgrading and conservation. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Culture, has undertaken over 120 restoration and conservation projects in Kabul, Herat and Balkh. | AKTC Brussels, Belgium, 5 October…

The Aga Khan Development Network Statement at the Sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan

Since its restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Bagh-e-Babur has attracted over 400,000 visitors annually. AKDN has mobilised over US$ 1 billion for economic, social and cultural development in Afghanistan. Photo: AKTC Statement delivered by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative, Afghanistan Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Honoured colleagues, On behalf of the Aga…

Kabul’s oasis of peace — Duniya News TV on historic Bagh-e Babur gardens

The 11-hectare gardens have emerged as an attractive venue for plays and Western-Eastern concerts. KABUL (AFP) – Kabul s historic Bagh-e Babur gardens are one of the few remaining vestiges of serenity in a city awash with snipers, checkpoints and post-traumatic stress. Laid out in the 16th century by the Mughal emperor Babur and restored…

Bagh-e Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan: View photos on — dhandiani.tumblr com

Bagh-e Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan Gardens of Babur, locally known as “Bagh-e Babur”, is a historic park in Kabul, Afghanistan, and also the last resting-place of the first Mughal emperor Babur, a native of Uzbekistan. The gardens are thought to have been developed around 1528 AD (935 AH), when Babur gave orders for the construction of…

Dort müsste nicht die Hölle sein (in German)

Originally posted on Madrasa of TIME:
Blick aus dem Archiv: Eine Studentin spricht an der Universität von Kabul, es sind die sechziger Jahre. Sie trägt die Haare offen, Männer hören ihr zu. Lesen Sie den bewegenden Bericht über ein afghanisches Filmarchiv von Uta Rasche aus der heutigen FAZ (1). _____ Afghanisches Filmarchiv Bilder vom Frieden…

Samarkand’s salaam to Babur — Times of India com article says Mughal emperor Babur’s birthday declared as a day of national celebration in Uzbekistan

The chocolates still come wrapped in fancy papers with hearts printed on them. Women still receive red roses from their suitors. Restaurants and cafeterias continue to do brisk business on February 14. But for the Uzbeks, Valentine’s Day is no longer the same. The Uzbek government has declared it a day of national celebration, not…

Pages from the diary of a mighty monarch – Gulf News com article

Babur’s document in words, paintings and architecture shows the many facets that made up the life of the Mughal emperor An 1876 colour lithograph showing Babur with his army. These fragments are taken from a 16th-century painting depicting Babur at the head of his army leaving to invade the province of Mazindera, in Persia Image…

Restoration of the Old Quarter in Herat: A Race against Time

Germany is providing financial support for the restoration of the Old Quarter in the Afghan city of Herat. The aim is to help the Afghans retrieve some of their lost identity and to create new jobs by funding the conservation of their culture. Britta Petersen reports from Herat Since the year 2005, comprehensive conservation work…