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Aga Khan Trust for Culture - September / October 2009 Afghanistan Newsletter

NOH GUMBAD MOSQUE, BALKH As part of a joint initiative between AKTC and the. Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghani­stan (DAFA), a team of conservation architects and conservators spent 10 days at the Noh Gumbad mosque in Balkh during October.

MILMA PAL, KABUL A grant from the prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands has enabled AKTC, in conjunction with the Ministry of Information and Culture, to begin emergency repairs on the Milma Pal mosque in western Kabul.

AFGHAN CULTURAL INITIATIVE As part of a regular series of talks held in the restored Timur Shah mauso­leum in central Kabul, the linguist and scholar Bruce Wannell made a pres­entation on 21st October on 'Calligraphy and Epigraphy from the rise of Islam to the Establishment of Durrani rule in Afghanistan'.

ANSARI SHRINE, GAZURGAH At a ceremony presided over by HE the Governor of Herat, Yusuf Nooristani, religious and community leaders marked on 8th October the completion of AKTC's 4-year programme of conservation in Gazurgha, north-east of Herat.

2010 WORLD MONUMENTS WATCH LIST In early October, the World Monuments Fund announced that the old city of Herat had been included in the 210 World Monuments Watch.