The fabled 19th Century Stor Palace (also known as the Qasre Storay) has been restored to its former grandeur by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in collaboration with the governments of Afghanistan and India. The conservation project, which employed more than 300 Afghan craftsmen and laborers and generated 282,000 man/days of employment, was completed in July 2016.
The restoration process encompassed a comprehensive physical survey, reconstruction of the roof, restoration of decorative elements, and upgrading of the heating, electrical and plumbing services. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been active in the restoration of Afghanistan’s heritage since 2002. Among many other projects, it has rehabilitated Bagh-e-Babur, a walled and terraced garden containing the tomb of Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire. A range of community upgrading activities has also been carried out, improving water and sanitation.
The Trust also conserved key historic buildings, including houses, mosques, shrines and public facilities, in the war-damaged quarters of the old city of Kabul.
The Trust continues to work on Chihilsitoon Gardens and other projects in Kabul, all part of the Trust – and the Aga Khan Development Network’s – ongoing commitment to the people of Afghanistan.