The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has completed conservation work at the historic Shahi Hammam in Dehli Gate and restored nearly 900 buildings and 157 shops along the Royal Trail, WCLA Marketing Director Asif Zaheer said at a media briefing organised by the WCLA’s media relations wing on Wednesday.
The WCLA has spent almost Rs520 million, funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Aga Khan Cultural Services-Pakistan, on conservation and preservation work.
He said the conservation of the Shahi Hammam was a first-of-its-kind project in the Punjab. He said they had discovered several artefacts during the excavation. Conservation of the Hammam was completed in almost two years.
Today, the Shahi Hammam is the only monumental building in Pakistan that represents the Central Asian, Turkish and Irani traditions of public hot baths. It was built to service both travellers and residents of the Walled City.
In 2012, the WCLA started removing commercial encroachments around the building. With the help of a generous grant from the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE), Aga Khan Cultural Service-Pakistan (AKCS-P), a country affiliate of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), the authority started conservation work on the Hammam and completed it in June this year. The Shahi Hammam was opened for public in June and around 1,400 visitors have visited it since. The visitors can engage a tourist guide in the Hammam and watch a documentary on the conservation and use of the Hammam.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2015.
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