Rehabilitation of the National Museum of Afghanistan [2003-2004]

In March 2003, SPACH provided the museum with electricity, thanks to a grant of $30,000 from Hellenic Aid and the technical assistance of the CIMIC-Dutch ISAF (Lieutenant-Colonel Church, Sergeant Major Van Hults and Sergeant Kootstra).
In November 2003, SPACH allocated $40,000 from a UNESCO/Italy Trust Fund to reconstruct the museum roof that was finished just before the onset of the heavy winter snow! SPACH counted on the expertise of the engineers of the CMCOORD (Major S. Gurau).
In 2004 SPACH is working on the allocation of a grant provided by the National Geographic Society to cover the remaining works on the second floor.
The building is now structurally sound and weatherproof but more funds are needed if the building and grounds are to be fully restored.

Musalla Complex, Herat

The conservation works carried out by SPACH in the Musalla Complex and completed in 2001 comprised one of the largest projects undertaken by SPACH since its establishment. The work mainly included: building of protective walls around the Gawhar Shad Mausoleum and the Sultan Husain Baiqara Madrassa compounds to protect these areas and the repair of Minaret No 4, which was damaged by rocket fire and needed urgent attention. These two interventions were implemented by HAFO (Helping Afghan Farmers) and with the help of AREA ( ) the planting of more than 4,000 trees was carried out for the restoration of the Gawhar Shad Garden.
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Abdurrazaq Mausoleum, Ghazni

The mausoleum suffered from rocket attacks, artillery fire and lack of maintenance. The straw-plaster covering its roof had not been replaced for years, leading to leakage which damaged the stucco work inside. Bricks had fallen out of the domes, leaving the building exposed to the elements. All these damaged areas have now been properly repaired. The surface of the entire roof was covered with a thick straw-mud layer in traditional fashion. Around 30 missing doors and windows were also replaced. The project was efficiently implemented by Mr. Ghulam Naqshband Rajabi, who had worked in the IsMEO-funded restoration of the mausoleum during the 1960's.

Tepe Sardar, Ghazni

Following the recommendations of the much respected professor, Maurizio Taddei, who visited the site in October 1999, SPACH undertook salvage measures to protect what remained of the site. These measures consisted in filling with sand the space between the rear wall of the main stupa at Tepe Sardar and the mud-brick wall behind the stupa itself, in order to protect what remained of the row of unbaked-clay stupas and thrones for future restoration and research. This project was also implemented by Mr. Ghulam Naqshband Rajabi.
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Minaret of Jam, Ghor

This masterpiece of 12th-century Islamic architecture is located at the intersection of the Jam and Harirud rivers which expose the minaret to flooding and erosion, especially in spring.
Following the recommendations of the Afghan architect Dr. Najimi, who visited Jam in 1995, and of the Italian architect Andrea Bruno, who visited the site in the summer of 1999, SPACH started the construction of a gabion wall along the Jam River in early 2000. The project was implemented by Mr. Gul Agha Karimi (Payam-e Ghor) and was completed in early February 2000.
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Masjid-e Noh Gumbad, Balkh

The strong winds that blow across the plain of Balkh continuously threaten Masjid-e-Noh Gumbad (c.9th Century), the oldest mosque in Afghanistan, and its protective roofing. The roof itself protects a refined and elaborate stucco decoration that has suffered tremendously from weather over the years.
In 1999 the protective roof had lost some of its metal sheets. During 1999, SPACH contacted Eng. Sharif Mohammadi from the Historical Monuments Department in Mazar-e Sharif, who supervised local craftsmen in repairing the roof.