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UNESCO Resumes Preservation of Afghanistan’s Heritage Sites


Kabul: UNESCO continues with preservation of Afghanistan’s heritage sites in Bamiyan, after a break of two years.

UNESCO stopped its initiative to preserve heritage sites in Bamiyan in 2021.

The UNESCO initiative is a project with funding from Italy. The goal is to preserve the Bamiyan Valley. The Bamiyan Valley has a position on UNESCO’s World Heritage Danger list from 2003. The valley contains mostly religiously focused art from the Common Era (3rd to 5th century C.E.).

The project’s objectives include enhancing the site’s infrastructure and creating a long-term conservation strategy. What will increase in the process is the number of workforce from local communities. The focus will especially be on the Bamiyan cliffs. It is a stronghold that existed since somewhat between the sixth and tenth century CE. There are also various Buddhist objects, engraved into the rocks.

In addition to Bamiyan, UNESCO is currently engaged in the preservation of the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam, a World Heritage site in western Afghanistan; and sites in Zabul, Kandahar, Kabul and Ghazni.

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