World heritage sites play an essential role in advancing Unesco’s goals, but more foresight is needed to imagine and enable promising strategies that address the needs of future generations.
In central Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley, where stands the famous Buddhas of Bamyan, Abdul Bashir Hemmat was selling tickets for the cultural site inside a cool ticket office instead of in the scorching sun. However, that has not always been the case.
Located in the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, by the Hari River in western Afghanistan, the 65m-tall Minaret of Jam is a graceful, soaring structure, dating back to the 12th century. It is one of the few well-preserved monuments representing the exceptional artistic creativity and mastery of structural engineering of the time.
An 800-year-old minaret considered one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Afghanistan was damaged by two earthquakes this week and is in danger of collapse, an official has said.
The daring journey to reach Afghanistan’s famous Buddhas—before they were lost; Nina Strochlic; National Geographic
Twenty years after the destruction of the ancient Bamiyan Buddhas, all that remains are empty niches—and memories.
After Centuries Of Neglect, Afghanistan’s Historic Minaret Under Threat From Taliban; Frud Bezhan & Qadir Ghafori; RFERL
A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was held in Kabul on Saturday to discuss ways to protect the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan’s Ghorprovince – which is on the verge of collapse due to recent flash floods.
Home to the country’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province is also progressive on women’s representation.
Sayed Mizra Hussain faced a terrible dilemma: commit a shocking act of cultural destruction or be shot by the Taliban.
Officials in the historic Afghan province of Bamiyan say that domestic tourism to its famed archeological treasures and nature parks is soaring.
This is the world’s most dangerous holiday package and it’s being run by a British grandfather!; Abhishek Mande Bhot; India.com
Geoff Hann organizes bus tours in the war-torn Afghanistan. This is his unbelievable story.
Afghan historic minaret of Jam ‘in danger of collapse’; Mohammad Qazizada & Daud Qarizadah; BBC News
One of Afghanistan’s architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam in Ghor province, is in danger of collapse, officials tell the BBC.
Bamiyan may not be wracked by violence, but it continues to suffer from poverty and years of underdevelopment.
Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha); Zan Azlee; Fatbidin.com
This week is part 10 of Zan Azlee multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos and text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 10: