Conservation of Balaji Ghat, Varanasi, India

An iconic landmark on the banks of the Ganges River in India, Balaji Ghat was built in 1735 by King Balaji Peshwa. It is located in Varanasi, one of the world’s oldest continuously occupied cities, and an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. The term ghat refers to the steps that lead down to the sacred river, as well as the buildings at the top of these steps. Following a major collapse, World Monuments Fund began restoration work in 2012 to stabilize the structure and prevent further deterioration. Future plans will focus on refurbishing the interiors and establishing reuse of the ghat as a community cultural center.