A forgotten religious architecture
Hadji Piada, Afghanistan
2006 - 2009
The Association Giovanni Secco Suardo took part as the sole Italian organization in a scientific project aimed to studying and protecting the ancient Mosque of Hadji Piada (7th century), northern Afghanistan, in the neighbourhood of Mazar-I-Sharif.
Artistically and architecturally extraordinary, the Mosque is located in a region that represented, in the past, a nerve centre of the trades between Europe and the Orient and whose main city, Balkh, was founded by Alexander the Macedonian. This building is an exceptional example of religious architecture: forgotten for many centuries to European scientists, it was re-discovered in 1969 by the Soviet scientist Lisa Golombek during a mission.
The activities concerning the project of structural consolidation of the arches were conceived and coordinated by Prof. Ugo Tonietti - department of Costruzioni, Università di Firenze (Italy).