PRESERVING THE BUILT HERITAGE OF BAMIYAN

One of Turquoise Mountain’s core projects in Bamiyan is the restoration and adaptive reuse of a historic Silk Road Caravanserai in the village of Shashpul. Located close to the entrance of the eastern side of the Bamiyan Valley, the complex is a stunning example of early 17th Century earth architecture, which is part of the significant network of caravanserais that connected Safavid Persia, Mughal South Asia, and Central Asia through Afghanistan during the early modern period.

Shashpul was a bustling hub of trade and cultural exchange as well as a safe haven for weary travellers and their animals on one of the most important trade routes in the world. Turquoise Mountain aims to bring back the Shashpul Caravanserai to its ancient glory. Over the next few years, we will restore, preserve, and expand public access to this historical site, bringing economic regeneration to the area and creating a new important tourist destination.