Reconstruction of the fifth minaret of Herat by Agha Khan Cultural Foundation
The Presidential Palace announces the readiness of the Agha Khan Cultural Foundation for the reconstruction of the fifth minaret of the Herat.
Siddiq Siddiqui, the presidential spokesman, wrote in a statement on his Twitter page today, Wednesday (November 11): “Following concerns about the possibility of the minaret collapsing, last week President Ghani ordered its reconstruction and the Agha Khan and “UNESCO called for co-operation in this area.”
The fifth minaret of the Herat has been curved for several years, with cultural officials in Herat saying earlier that if the minaret remained in this condition, it could collapse.
Mr. Sediqui added: “In the letter addressed to the President, His Highness Prince Karim Agha Khan, the Ismaili leader of the world, expressed his satisfaction with President Ghani’s confidence in the capabilities of the Agha Khan Cultural Foundation and the project to rebuild the minarets of the Herat Mosque. , has approved.”
He added that in the first phase, the Afghan government will finance the survey and reconstruction of the fifth minaret of the Herat prayer hall, and the Agha Khan Cultural Foundation will fund the basic stages of the restoration.
The historical minarets of the province, which date back to the Timurid period, the role and influence of Timurid architecture in these minarets can be clearly seen.
Earlier, cultural officials in Herat province said they needed tens of millions of US dollars to repair and protect at least 800 wells and historic sites in the province.