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An awarding ceremony for Shahzada Hussain Mausoleum in Kabul, Afghanistan

(From right) Mr. Javid (director of HAFO), Mr. Paolo Fontani, Mrs. Nancy Hatch Dupree and Dr. Raheen.

Dr. Raheen, Afghanistan's Minister of Information and Culture

Mr. Paolo Fontani, Director of UNESCO Kabul Office

Shahzada Hussain Mausoleum, Karez Village, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was awarded an Honourable Mention by UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2014.

The awarding ceremony was held on 17 December 2014 at Afghanistan Center, Kabul University (ACKU). Mr. Paolo Fontani, the director of the UNESCO Kabul represented the organization in giving the engraved gold plaque to Dr. Raheen, the Minister of Information and Culture, and Mrs. Nancy Dupree, Director of ACKU.

"The restoration of the mausoleum dedicated to Shahzada Hussain", praised the UNESCO Awards jury members, "represented a pioneering conservation effort in a remote and unstable area in Afghanistan. The work on the late twelfth-century funerary monument included the stabilization of eight brick vaults and removal of later additions that obscured the historic character of the building. The process used traditional construction techniques as well as new materials where compatible with the historic fabric. The project included a training component to help perpetuate traditional skills and knowledge, with skilled artisans and laborers from the community working under the guidance of conservation specialists. The restored mausoleum now serves as a renewed focus of devotion."

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