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‘Jam Minaret Exhibition’ Held In Kabul

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Thursday August 9, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The government of Afghanistan and UNESCO inaugurated exhibition “The Minaret of Jam”, presenting the documentation of decades of works on the monument, one of the two World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan, a press release from the organization’s office in Kabul said yesterday.
The exhibition organized within the scope of the Afghanistan’s National Program for Culture and Creative Economy (NPCE). The 3D survey of the Minaret done in 2017, during a joint Afghan government – UNESCO mission is shown for  the  first  time  to  the  public,  alongside  and   in  counterpoint  to  the drawingsand photo-documentation elaborated during the 1960s and 70s by the Italian architect Andrea Brun, which constitute the first known scientific survey of the minaret, the press release added. During the  opening  ceremony,   Ambassador  Roberto  Cantone  has  emphasized  as  ”despite   the  challenging  security  situation,  we  are  glad  to  host  the  exhibition  at  the  Embassy.
It is important  to  say  that  the  wealth  of  Afghanistan’s  heritage  and  the  challenges  it  faces  require the  collaborative  support  of  all  concerned  by  such  an  important  endeavor.” 
Meanwhile the mistier of Finance, Dr. Mohammad Humayun Qayumi said that as the chair of the  Steering  Committee  of  the  NPCE,  the  Ministry  of  Finance,  and  the  Government  of   Afghanistan,  believe  that  the  promotion  of  our  culture  and  history  will  consolidate  the process  of  nation  building.”
Afterward,   Ms.  Patricia  McPhillips,  the  Director  and  Representative  of  the  UNESCO Office   for  Afghanistan,  commented  on  the  collaborative  effort  of  NPCE  in  her  remarks  stating,    ”The   accomplishments  achieved  including  this  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.” 
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, the press release added.
The  Minaret  of  Jam  is  located  in  Ghor  Province,  Afghanistan,  200km  east  of  Herat,  at  the   confluence  of  the  Hari  Rud  and  Jam  Rud  rivers.   The  minaret’s  isolated  location  may  have   prevented  the  monument  from  wilful  destruction  and  vandalism  in  the  past;  however,  now,   its  seclusion  complicates  the  execution  of  stabilization  works  and  the  long-¬ term  maintenance   of  this  heritage  site.  The  safeguarding  the  Minaret  presents  important  challenges  and   requires  the   collaborative  efforts  of  the  Afghan  Government,   of   UNESCO,  and   of   the   international  community.
 

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