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2004 Award of Excellence

Baltit Fort

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Jury Citation

The restoration of the majestic 700-year-old Baltit Fort exemplifies excellence in large-scale conservation practice. This challenging project was the first of its kind in northern Hunza, reversing the trend of neglecting heritage, and becoming a model for the revitalization of other historic structures in the region. The monumental wood and masonry structure was carefully repaired using a combination of traditional local knowledge and state-of-the-art conservation techniques. The fort’s restoration has fostered the revival of traditional building trades, while an associated handicrafts project is providing improved livelihood opportunities in the area. In its new use as a cultural centre and museum, the fort attracts thousands of visitors to the province and has contributed to reinvigorating the local community’s pride in their heritage.