Monuments of Bagerhat, Bangladesh
© UNESCO 1998
National implementing agency: Department of Archaeology and Museums
Project duration: 1992-1997
Total project cost: US$191,400
"Numerous splendid mosques were constructed in the fifteenth century by the warrior-saint Khan Jahan, in his capital. The spectacular ruins form a highly significant group of monuments representing the initial phase of Muslim architecture in Bangladesh.
All these monuments have suffered badly over the centuries, the principal factors responsible for their rapid deterioration being the extreme salinity and waterlogging in the area, human neglect and the encroachment of the forest. In 1985, an international campaign was launched for the safeguarding of Paharpur Vihara and selected mosques of Bagerhat. A project office and a conservation laboratory were set up within the Department of Archaeology and Museums with funds made available under a UNESCO/UNDP project (1982-1990).
The objectives of the UNESCO/Japan Trust Fund project were to strengthen the project office and conservation office by training laboratory staff, to analyze deteriorated brick structures and test suitable conservation measures, and to prepare detailed projects for the restoration and enhancement of selected monuments. Experimental conservation was undertaken on the brick walls of the Shait-Gumbad Mosque (sixty-domed mosque)."
(Extract from "Preservation of Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund" p.18)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO