By the early 21st century, the 400-year-old Mullah Mahmood Mosque was suffering from years of neglect and bomb damage, its walls marked by bullets and shrapnel and its ruined interior frequented by criminals and drug addicts. At the instigation of the Afghan Department of Historic Monuments, a programme was launched for the mosque’s rehabilitation. Particular attention has been paid to the mosque’s fine ornamented wood and gypsum relief panels. As well as preserving an important monument, the programme has provided a place for 1000 residents of the old city of Kabul to pray, a community gathering place and a space for teaching children.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.