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After war, a garden blooms: Baghe Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan

Babur’s Garden (Baghe Babur) provided a much needed green space of beauty in the face of so much destruction. Rehabilitation of the 16th century Garden, where the first Mughal Emperor Babur is buried, not only re-establishes the historic character of the site, with its water channels, plant-ed terraces and pavilion, but also brings to life the array of monuments within its bounds, providing spaces for leisure, recreation, meetings and cultural events. Heavily visited, the Garden operates with a small surplus and is an example of how a cultural asset can be made sustainable and used as a springboard for economic and social development.