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  • The Aga Khan Trust for Culture's work in the restoration of Herat, Afghanistan, has received a 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award of Excellence - Exhibition in the Malik Cistern after restoration in Herat, Afghanistan.
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  • Citadel of Herat, Afghanistan.
    AKDN / Christian Richters
  • Herat Old City restoration project, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, Afghanistan.
    AKDN / Christian Richters
  • Malik Cistern restoration and Mosque Complex in Herat, Afghanistan.
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  • Abdullah Ansari Shrine, Namakdan Pavilion, Gazurgah (Five kilometres to the northeast of Herat), Afghanistan.
    AKDN / Christian Richters
Restoration in Herat

Herat has long been a city of strategic, commercial and cultural significance. It came under the rule of the Abbasid caliphate at the end of the eighth century and was renowned for the production of metalwork. At a crossroads between competing armies, traders and cultures, Herat was home to Persians, Pushtuns, Uzbeks, Turkomans, Baluchs and Hazaras. In the fourteenth century, it was sacked by Timur, only to experience a renaissance under the rule of his son Shah Rukh. Though repeatedly ravaged by war throughout its history, many significant Islamic monuments have survived. Today, the Trust is working hard to safeguard this unique heritage.