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2007 Award of Merit

Astana of Syed Mir Yahya

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Jury Citation

The recovery of the Astana of Syed Mir Yahya by the Shigar community in Skardu, Pakistan, has rescued an important local religious landmark on the brink of ruin in a modest and culturally appropriate manner. Through the active involvement of the local residents, and drawing upon other excellent models of community-led conservation undertaken in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, the project has itself become a notable example of successful local restoration effort. Through the voluntary efforts of the villagers and the use of traditional building techniques to realign and stabilize the structure, the tomb has been returned to its former status as the central cultural symbol of the village.