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Where few others dare to tread: the Aga Khan in Africa

His Highness The Aga Khan IV
Source: 
dw.com

Prince Karim will celebrate his diamond jubilee as the Aga Khan this July. From the beginning of his time as Imam, he has been quietly supporting humanitarian and environmental work throughout Africa.

"We can say with conviction that Africa's moment has come." With this the Aga Khan brought a 2016 keynote address to a culmination. While he commended the continent's resilience, economic progress and a widening acceptance of diversity, it was this one sentence that summed up his optimism about the continent.

Qutb Shahi tombs back to days of yore

Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been carrying out conservation and restoration works at the heritage park.
Source: 
telanganatoday.com

Hyderabad: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the State government and Tata Trust has completed conservation works on 25 monuments and landscape restoration over a 20 acres zone at Qutb Shahi Heritage Park.

The restoration initiative had master-craftsmen clocking 1,50,000 man-days of work to restore structural stability and grandeur of the monuments, a press release from Aga Khan Trust said.

Chowk Wazir Khan — the revival of a 17th century wonder

Chowk Wazir Khan in Lahore, Pakistan a 17th century wonder
Source: 
dailytimes.com.pk

You all must be familiar with the jewel of Lahore, the Wazir Khan Mosque, but have you ever noticed the beauty of its outer quad, the chowk?

Aleppo souq and Umayyad mosque reconstruction begins

UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.
Source: 
www.ansamed.info

PALERMO - While the war continues in Syria, with regime bombing on besieged Eastern Ghouta and clashes between the Turkish army and the Kurdish YPG in the north, reconstruction has begun in Aleppo. A group of Italian engineers and experts have been transferred to the Syrian city to work with locals and teach them the necessary skills to restore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.

15 monuments back to glory, courtesy Aga Khan Trust

Delhi Heritage City Park
Source: 
www.deccanherald.com

As many as 15 monuments dating back to 16th century nearby the majestic Humayun Tomb are now back to their splendour here in Nizamuddin area.

Along with this, a nursery spread in a 90-acre area, which houses these monuments, has also been transformed into a magnificent heritage city park.

The heritage park offers a unique blend of nature, culture and ecology.

Thanks to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), under which the monument restoration and city park development, work has been done in line with the those created by it in Kabul, Cairo, Mali and Zanzibar.

Egyptian antiquities ministry to sign MoU with AKTC in archaeology, museology fields

aktc cairo.png
Source: 
english.ahram.org.eg

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities will sign on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in order to broaden institutional engagement through cultural joint ventures and exchange programmes and activities in the field of museums and archaeology.

Secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Amin said that the MoU aims to develop joint ventures in the fields of conservation, museum programmes, archaeological research and exhibitions.

Delhi High Courtt asks Aga Khan Foundation to beautify Amir Khusro Park

Amir Khusro Park, Delhi
Source: 
www.outlookindia.com

New Delhi, Jan 17 The Delhi High Court today asked Aga Khan Foundation to develop and carry out landscaping at the historic Amir Khusro Park in south Delhi, from where the authorities have recently removed illegal encroachers.

The court also turned down the submission of the Delhi Waqf Board counsel opposing the idea of allowing the foundation to beautify the park, claiming that the land belonged to the board which can take care of its property.

Subz Burj: Oldest double-domed monument in the heart of city set to be renovated

Subz Burj: Oldest double-domed monument - New Delhi   2018-01-12
Source: 
www.nyoooz.com

(Source: Amit Mehra)The 22-metre high Sabz Burj, at the intersection of Mathura Road and Lodhi Road, has led a lonely life. The Sabz Burj has suffered abuse due to its location — there is pollution, traffic and accompanying vibrations,” said Nanda. Surrounded by the cacophony of screeching honks from cars, the sprawling lawns of the 16th Century tomb play host to mostly pigeons. “This project is significant because the monument is in the middle of the city, at a busy intersection… people will see the restoration work, it won’t be hidden,” said Nanda.

Aga Khan Trust for Culture to rebuild 4 historic sites in Kabul

Bala-Hissar-Kabul-300x170.jpg
Source: 
khaama.com

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will soon start the rebuilding process of four historic sites in capital Kabul, including the sites located along Kabul River.

The AKTC officials informed regarding the plans during a meeting with the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi.

First phase of Quli Qutab Shahi tombs restoration to be completed by January by AKTC

A view of Quli Qutub Shahi Tombs. Photo: D Hrudayananad
Source: 
telenganatoday.com

The effort of Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Telangana Tourism is to restore the Tombs to how they were nearly 500 years ago," Telangana Tourism secretary Venkatesham said

Hyderabad: The first phase of the restoration of the Quli Qutb Shahi Tombs taken up by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) would be completed by January next year, said Telangana Tourism secretary B Venkatesham here on Friday.

Original grandeur returning to Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb by AKTC

Grand spectacle: Work going on at brisk pace on the parapet wall of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb inside the Qutb Shahi tombs
Source: 
thehindu.com

Work on restoration of original parapet wall in progress under aegis of Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Visible for miles around, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah’s tomb is one the grandest monuments in the tombs complex at the foothill of Golconda. Built during his lifetime in the early part of seventeenth century, the tomb being restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, now radiates grandeur in its off-white colour amidst the dark and dappled grey monuments in the area.

The Paigah Tombs: The lime and mortar wonders revived byThe Aga Khan Foundation

The Paigah Tombs are an interesting place to revisit history of Hyderabad  
Source: 
thehindu.com

The Paigah Tombs are just 4 km southeast of Charminar and yet, it is hard to find them, lost as they are in a maze of alleys. Blink and you could miss the entrance, hidden behind a tree in a quiet street, not far from Owaisi Hospital. The lime and mortar tombs are 200 years old and house the final resting place of several members of the Paigah family, who distinguished themselves in every field, while being loyal to the Nizams. Rahmatullah, the caretaker, is all praise for the Archaeology Department that took up the protection of this place in 1989.

Lahore Fort’s Picture Wall conservation kicks off in partnership with Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Lahore Fort PHOTO: EXPRESS
Source: 
www.tribune.com.pk

LAHORE:

The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started the conservation of some parts of the Lahore Fort’s Picture Wall as part of the Picture Wall Prototype (PWP) Project, in partnership with Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Hazar Imam in Mali

Hazar Imam in Mali

His Highness the Aga Khan and President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali review a model of the Bamako Park project with Luis Monreal, Director General of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

AKDN/Gary Otte

Source: 
akdn.org

Inauguration of Seitaaly Jakypov Park in Naryn 2016-10-19

Hazar Imam accompanied by Prince Aly Muhammad and Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov 2016-10-19
Source: 
akdn.org

Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, 19 October 2016 - As part of AKDN’s broader commitment to the Naryn area, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture rehabilitated the Seitaaly Jakypov Park, creating space for leisure, play and exercise. On 19 October 2016, Naryn Governor Amanbay Kayipov joined Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov and His Highness the Aga Khan to officially open the rehabilitated park.

Egyptian antiquities ministry to sign MoU with AKTC in archaeology, museology fields 2016-10-02

Al Azhar Park in Cairo, Egypt 2016-10-01
Source: 
ahram.org.eg

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities will sign on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in order to broaden institutional engagement through cultural joint ventures and exchange programmes and activities in the field of museums and archaeology.

Secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Amin said that the MoU aims to develop joint ventures in the fields of conservation, museum programmes, archaeological research and exhibitions.

Deccan Park to be merged with Qutub Shahi Tombs by Aga Khan Trust for Culture 2015-10-02

deccan park.jpg
Source: 
theHansindia.com

Derelict Deccan Park that lies unused for the past 15 years will be developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and merged with the Qutub Shahi Tombs

A new lease of life is in the offing for the beleaguered Deccan Park that lies close to the Qutub Shahi Tombs and the historic Golconda Fort.

Developed at a cost of Rs 3 crore, the Deccan Park right from the beginning was ridden with one controversy or the other and as a result has not been thrown open to public.

Aga Khan Trust to continue working with Penang government to preserve George Town 2015-10-19

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (top left) and High Highness Aga Khan (top, right) with delegates from the Aga Khan Trust
Source: 
The Rakyat Post

THE Aga Khan Trust for Culture, one of the world’s premier organisation involved in matters of architecture, conservation and urban planning, will continue helping Malaysia protect, develop and enhance George Town, Penang.

The trust has extended its contract with Think City Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd) and Penang state government for another three years and will provide technical assistance to preserve the town, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO is 2008.

U.S. funds excavation of 16th century India tombs 2015-08-08

Qutb Shahi Tombs, Hyderabad
Source: 
jamestownsun.com

Hyderabad, India -- The old Qutb Shahi Tombs in India's southern Hyderabad city are getting a new life as they are being restored under a project sponsored by the United States.

The 400-year-old tombs have got grant of over USD100, 000 for the excavation work.

The United States, in collaboration with Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) - world's leading conservation body, are undertaking restoration and conservation project of the royal necropolis, said deputy chief of mission, U.S. embassy, Michael Pelletier.

Taj Mahal conservation could be handed over to the Aga Khan Foundation 2015-06-09

Source: 
india today

If the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) doesn't improve the quality of conservation of Taj Mahal, the monument's maintenance could be handed over to the Aga Khan Foundation.

Talking to India Today, a senior ASI official said that the Ministry of Culture is planning to portion out the monument, giving the maintenance of its various areas to different organizations on the grounds of a Corporate Social Responsibility campaign that began in 2013 with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation signing up for the maintenance of the monument.


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