Shahi Hammam, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project in Lahore, Pakistan wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation ‘Award of Merit’

Heritage conservation: Award for Shahi Hammam celebrated
Published November 25, 2016

LAHORE: The ‘Award of Merit’ given to Shahi Hammam under 2016’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation on September 1 was celebrated at a ceremony at the site in Lahore on Thursday.

Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) in collaboration with Agha Khan Trust for Culture and with financial support of Norwegian government carried out the conservation of this Mughal-era public bathhouse over a two-year period.

Shahi Hammam, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project in Lahore, Pakistan wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation  ‘Award of Merit’ (Image credit WCLA Facebook)
Shahi Hammam, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project in Lahore, Pakistan wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation ‘Award of Merit’ (Image credit WCLA Facebook)

The work on Shahi Hammam was completed in June 2015. The main objectives of the conservation effort were to re-establish the monument as a bathhouse through the exposure, conservation and display of the remains of the original waterworks and drainage system through archaeological excavation, structural consolidation and restoration of the historic floor levels.

Yesterday, WCLA had planned a colorful ceremony to commemorate the Award of Merit during which a plaque will be unveiled by Counsellor Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) Arne Haug and DG Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) Kamran Lashari, in the presence of CEO Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) Salman Beg, as well as representatives of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) conservation team that worked on the project.

 

 

Tanya Qureshi, media manager of WCLA, said the Unesco Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation programme recognised the efforts of private individuals and organisations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

A total of 13 winning projects from six countries – Australia, China, India, Iran, Japan and Pakistan – have been recognised in this year’s Heritage Awards, she said, adding a panel of international conservation experts met in Bangkok to review the 40 Heritage Awards entries.

Salman Beg, CEO Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan, said the project has been undertaken with a high degree of technical proficiency and the restoration of Shahi Hammam has safeguarded a unique example of the 17th-century Mughal public bathhouse monument.

Shahi Hammam, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project in Lahore, Pakistan wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation ‘Award of Merit’ (Image credit WCLA Facebook)
Shahi Hammam, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project in Lahore, Pakistan wins UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation ‘Award of Merit’ (Image credit WCLA Facebook)

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