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8.8.2018 Minaret of Jam exhibition’ goes public in Kabul
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(Pajhwok): “The Minaret of Jam” exhibition presenting documentation of
decades of works on the monument was inaugurated at the Italian Embassy in
Kabul on Tuesday.

A joint venture of the Afghan government and UNESCO, the 3D survey of the
minaret, one of the two world heritage sites in Afghanistan, was done in
2017.

The Afghan government‐UNESCO mission is shown for the first time to
the public alongside the drawings and photo‐documentation elaborated
during the 1960s and 70s by the Italian architect Andrea Bruno, which
constitute the first known scientific survey of the minaret, a UNESCO
statement said.

After the opening ceremony at the Italian Embassy, the exhibition will be
moved to the Pavilion of the Babur Gardens in Kabul.

Built in 1194 at the command of Sultan Ghiyath al-Din Muhammad, Sultan of
the Ghurid dynasty at its zenith, the minaret is a testimony to the
prosperity attained in Afghanistan and its Islamic culture.

A remarkable engineering feat, the minaret rises to a height of 65-meters
from a 9-meter diameter octagonal base and embodies an outstanding level
of artistic and technical creativity. The graceful structure is known to
have influenced the construction of the Qutb Minar in Delhi, the tallest
brick minaret in the world.

The Minaret of Jam is located in Ghor province at the confluence of the
Harirud and Jam Rud rivers. The minaret’s isolated location may have
prevented the monument from willful destruction and vandalism in the
past.

However, its seclusion complicates execution of stabilization works and
long‐term maintenance. At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Roberto
Cantone said the wealth of Afghanistan’s heritage and challenges it faced
required collaborative support of all concerned.

Minister of Finance Dr. Mohammad Humayun Qayumi said the government of
Afghanistan believed promotion of Afghan culture and history would
consolidate the nation building process.

Ms. Patricia McPhillips, the Director and Representative of the UNESCO
Office for Afghanistan, in her remarks said accomplishments achieved
including the exhaustive documentation on the Minaret of Jam in the past
year was only possible with the strong belief and direct support of the
Afghan government and the international community.

“By presenting an exhaustive documentation, the exhibition leads the
visitor through the structural perfection of the Minaret and the beauty of
its interior and exterior brick work and decorations.”

In order to provide a venue more easily accessible to the public, the
exhibition will be moved to the Pavilion at Babur Gardens where it will
remain open from the 9th to the 25th of August.


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