Preserving Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

For more than a decade, the Federal Foreign Office has been committed to preserving Afghanistan’s cultural heritage. The results of this commitment are to be presented at a two-day colloquium.

Afghanistan is Germany’s most important partner country in the Cultural Preservation Programme. In recent years over 80 projects have been supported, ranging from small renovations to large, multi-year projects such as the restoration of the Babur Gardens in Kabul in cooperation with the Aga Khan Cultural Trust.

Projects to be presented at the colloquium

Now that the measures undertaken by the National Museums in Berlin and the German Archaeological Institute have been completed, the results of the efforts by Germany and Afghanistan will be presented at a colloquium.The title of the colloquium is “Cultural Heritage and Archaeology in Afghanistan – Current Projects”.

The opening event will take place at 6 p.m. on 21 November in the Visitor Centre of the Federal Foreign Office (Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin, entrance through the atrium).

If you are interested in attending the colloquium, you can find further information here:

Colloquium “Cultural Heritage and Archaeology in Afghanistan – Current Projects” (PDF, 380 KB)

We request that you register in advance by fax or e-mail:
Fax: +49 (0)30 – 20 90 54 02


The German Government has been supporting the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage since 1981 through the Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office. It supports cultural heritage preservation projects in developing countries and the protection of the German cultural heritage abroad. The goal in developing countries is to raise awareness of their own national identity and promote a cultural dialogue in a spirit of partnership. From 1981 to 2012 more than 2500 projects in 144 countries received around 55 million euros in support.

In Afghanistan alone, around 6.7 million euros were made available for 78 projects from 2000 to 2012. Among the most prominent projects in Afghanistan are the restoration of the Babur Gardens, the preservation of the fragments of the Buddhas of Bamiyan that were destroyed under the Taliban and the restoration of Herat’s old city.

Last updated 20.11.2012

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