Dehdadi Mosque or Khanaqa (place of Sufi worship) was built in two
distinct phases and architectural styles using highly intricate wood carved
elements and floral stucco decoration. The large site includes a large
reflective water pool and an open-plan madrasa used for religious education and
of the project was to undertake essential repair and restoration works on an important
historic monument in Balkh, employing local craftsman and daily labourers ensuring
that the trained personnel can assist with future maintenance of the site. Additionally, the project aimed to make the site safe and
accessible for use by the community as a religious and social space. This
project will also provide a platform for continued development of Afghan
professional capacity and training for skilled craftsmen.
The Mosque, as both a historic monument and a place of
worship, remains an important part of social adhesion for the surrounding
community. Any work undertaken would enjoy their support and that of local
authorities and the various departments of the Ministry of Information and
Culture. Furthermore, the project aimed at increasing public awareness towards
the importance of preserving Afghanistan’s built heritage.
The final report documents the approach, methodology and processes employed by the Aga Khan Cultural Services-Afghanistan to restore this important monument.