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Herat historic mosque restoration work nears completion

Herat historic mosque restoration work nears completion

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12 Jan 2023 - 20:56
Herat historic mosque restoration work nears completion
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12 Jan 2023 - 20:56

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Repair works at the historic and largest mosque in western Herat province are about to complete.

According to officials of the provincial Information and Culture Department, repair works of the mosque’s roof have 80 percent completed.

Zalmai Safa, head of historic monuments maintenance at the Information and Culture department, told Pajhwok Afghan News the repair works were ongoing in two parts of the roof of the mosque.

Brickwork and retaining has been completed in the southern part of the roof while work on the northern part may be postponed due the forecasted cold weather.

“If the work is not postponed due cold weather, it can be completed during the next two weeks”, Safa said.

He said if the work was completed in the upcoming two weeks, it would help stop rain water leakage from the roof.

Engineer Arif, the manager of this project, said the work was about to be completed in the next two weeks if weather condition did not stop it.

Naeem Ishaqzai, a cultural activist, welcomed the mosque’s restoration work and said it would increase the life of the historic place.

He asked the provincial administration to pay attention to other such historic monuments because they display the civilization and identity of a nation.

Mawlana Naeemulhaq Haqqani, head of information and culture department, said the mosque’s roof repair project was important as it would prevent possible damages to the structure.

He said the Islamic Emirate was paying special attention to the maintenance and restoration of historic monuments and had started restoration works at Mawlana Abdul Rahman Jami shrine and the fifth minaret.

Mohammad Seddiq Mir, a member of cultural heritage supporters’ union, said the vast and historic mosque was in serious need of repair.

The repair work is estimated to consume three million afs which will be paid by the provincial municipality.

The Jamia mosque of Herat is the fifth largest mosque in the world built on 46,760 square meters of land and has the capacity for 100,000 worshippers.

Once worship place of Arians, it was turned to a mosque after the residents of this land converted to Islam.


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