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HAJI PIYADA MOSQUE (NOH GUMBAD)

Conserving one of Central Asia's earliest mosques

HAJI PIYADA MOSQUE (NOH GUMBAD)
Balkh, Afghanistan
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BACKGROUND

The Haji Piyada Mosque was built in the second half of the ninth century, only two centuries after the establishment of Islam and immediately following its arrival in Central Asia. Located in northern Afghanistan, the mosque measures 65 by 65 feet (20 by 20 meters), a modest but architecturally rich religious structure. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Haji Piyada Mosque was included in the 2006 Watch List and represents WMF’s first conservation field project in Afghanistan, although Afghan sites had previously appeared on the Watch and WMF had conducted a mission to Herat earlier. WMF worked with UNESCO and other international preservation agencies as well as Afghan officials to conceive a long-term conservation plan. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Haji Piyada Mosque is the oldest known Islamic building in Afghanistan and one of the earliest structures in the entire eastern Islamic world. There seem to be no similar surviving structures from that time period, endowing the mosque with unparalleled cultural and architectural significance. (...)

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Collaborators & Contributors

Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo
http://www.associazionegiovanniseccosuardo.it/

Aga Khan Trust for Culture
http://www.akdn.org/aktc