Following clearance of surviving building materials and rubble from the ruins of the war-damaged Goldasta mosque in the Tandoorsazi quarter of the old city of Kabul, the entire structure was documented in detail (drawn and photographs). The first stage of the conservation work entailed removal of unstable parts of brick masonry walling, followed by essential repairs to damaged sections, some of which were re-built with fired bricks. At this stage, detached sections of decorated gypsum plaster were removed from the internal face of walls, before being documented and stored.
A double timber wall-plate was then fixed to along the top of all structural walls, before roof beams were (re)-laid and fixed in place, to mitigate against failure in the event of seismic activity. Timber boards were then laid across these beams, before a traditional layer of mud/ straw was laid over the roof, finished with a water-resistant layer of clayey soil.
The timber colonnade on the east side of the mosque was subsequently dismantled, stone masonry footings re-built and rotten sections of the timber sole-plate replaced. The colonnade was then levelled and reinstated on its distinctive set of marble column bases. Timber boarding (some of which was retrieved from the original structure) was fixed to the ceilings of the winter and summer prayer areas. Work continues on cleaning and repairing the intricate plaster decoration in both parts of the mosque.
At the crossroads of the ancient world between the Steppe of Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan has been at the centre of a network of cultural exchange and influence propagated by successive civilizations and empires for over four thousand years.
As Afghanistan recovers from decades of destruction, this book celebrates many of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s projects to restore monuments and other sites to their former glory. For decades, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been working to revitalize the social, cultural, and economic strength of communities in the Muslim world through its Historic Cities Programme. This book documents more than 100 such efforts that have been carried out in Afghanistan since 2002. Each project is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and detailed descriptions. A powerful testament to the Trust's commitment to Islamic culture, this book documents the organisation’s ongoing work to celebrate, restore, and maintain Afghanistan’s cultural presence in the modern world.
This section focuses on work and activities in Kabul including: Amir Abdur Rahman Mausoleum and Mosque, Milma Pal Mosque, Burj-e Wazir Mausoleum, Sedukhan Mosque, and many other structures.