Bagh-e Babur Restoration: Garden Pavilion
Kabul, Afghanistan
Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
The Garden Pavilion was built in the late nineteenth century by Amir Abdur Rahman Khan (1880-1901), over a Mughal water channel and pool in the center of the garden's central axis. It has a basement with west-facing windows. The first floor, which is enveloped by a wide verandah on all four sides, centers on a large reception hall flanked by two smaller rooms. The hall is adorned with stenciled metal ceilings. The Pavilion was badly damaged in 1992/3 and restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) during 2003/4. The trunk of a large plane (chenar) tree stands next to it as a reminder of the scale of the trees that died when irrigation was halted during recent conflicts.


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Eastern end of central axis, Kabul, Afghanistan
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late 19th c., restored 2003-2004
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Babur's Gardens
Bagh-i Babur
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