United States Charge d’Affaires, Ambassador Beth Jones announced a $250,000 US government project to support the conservation and restoration of the historic Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad. The project will be held in the conservation and restoration of six tombs built during the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the fifth conservation project funded by the US Consulate in Hyderabad. The project will be implemented by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
US Announced Support Project for Restoration of Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad- Key Points
- The Paigah Tombs are located 4km away from the Charminar in the Postal Banda.
- Paigah Tombs is the resting place of the members of the Paigah nobility.
- The Paigah families were among the most influential families of the aristocracy in the princely state of Hyderabad.
- The Paigahs were known to be great patrons of art.
- The lime and mortar tombs with inlaid marble carvings are considered to be one of the major architectural treasures of Hyderabad.
- After the announcement of the project, Ambassador Beth Jones received a tour of the Paigah Tombs from Ratish Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, of Aga Khan Trust for Culture India.
- The US Department of state created the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) in 2001 to demonstrate American values and respect for other countries.
- AFCP has provided financial support to more than 1,100 projects in 133 countries around the world.