The project, conducted with Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will include the conservation of the plaster decorations and the stabilization of the arch.
- The Haji Piyada Mosque was built in the second half of the ninth century, only two centuries after the establishment of Islam and immediately following its arrival in Central Asia.
- Located in northern Afghanistan, the mosque measures 65 by 65 feet (20 by 20 meters), a modest but architecturally rich religious structure.
- The mosque derives its alternate name, Noh Gumbad, from the nine cupolas that once covered it.
- Haji Piyada Mosque is the oldest known Islamic building in Afghanistan and one of the earliest structures in the entire eastern Islamic world.
- There seem to be no similar surviving structures from that time period, endowing the mosque with unparalleled cultural and architectural significance.