Originally the main gate (iwan) of a expansive Madrasa,
one of the largest religious structures in Timurid Balkh (with two floors,
extensive living chambers and 24 salaries positions), the remains of the
structure are in a dilapidated state and require urgent conservation. The
damaged facades retain only a fraction of the glazed tiles that once decorated
the whole structure. The consolidation of this gate structure will ensure that another
of the few remaining historic structures (above ground) in the centre of Balkh
is consolidated and incorporated into the wider conservation initiative.
Located at the eastern perimeter of the Park, directly opposite the Khwaja
Parsa Shrine on the western edge, following its conservation the gate of the Madrasa
could potentially be used as the main public access into the garden. In order
for this to occur, the structure and the valuable glazed tiles would have to be
protected, ensuring that falling debris does not injure pedestrians.
final report documents the approach, methodology and processes employed by the
Aga Khan Cultural Services-Afghanistan to restore this important monument.