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2005 Award of Merit

Amburiq Mosque

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The sensitive conservation programme undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Services of Pakistan has restored the first mosque built in Baltistan, Amburiq. Dating back over 600 years ago, the building had deteriorated following natural disasters that had destroyed its central tower and rendered it unstable. By emphasizing the preservation of as much historic building fabric as possible through the primary use of local stone and mud building crafts and supplementary modern preservation techniques, the authentic Tibetan and Kashmiri architecture of the building has been saved. The building and its courtyard have now been returned to modern use as a community museum, giving renewed life to one of the region’s historically and socially significant structures.