Coronavirus shatters tourism hopes in Afghanistan’s Bamyan province; Stefanie Glinski; The National

The pandemic hit as the only thriving Afghan tourism destination was preparing for the season’s first visitors.

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An Unnatural History of Destruction: On Iconoclasm as a Tool of War; Alex Diggins; LA Review of Books

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UNESCO and Japan support Afghanistan’s efforts towards removing the Bamiyan Valley from the List of World Heritage in Danger; Unesco

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UNESCO, Japan Sign $3M Bamiyan Project; Zahra Rahimi; Tolo

The embassy of Japan in Afghanistan and UNESCO on Wednesday signed a landmark agreement in Kabul that will pave the way to bring the cultural heritage sites and other archeological…

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Afghanistan- Preparing the Removal of Bamiyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger; MenaFM

Afghanistan officially endorsed a new project in the Culture Sector, in an agreement signed between Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan and Jordan Naidoo, Director of the UNESCO Kabul Office and Representative to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The new project signed ‘Sustainable Management of the World Heritage…

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President Trump threatens to destroy Iranian historical sites; Matthew L Self; Washburn Review

President Trump issued a threat on Twitter Jan. 4 directed toward Iranians that was visible to thousands on the social media platform.

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Historical Places to visit in Afghanistan; The Global Dispatch

Being at a crossroad for many peoples and cultures throughout ages, Afghanistan has a very rich history. From being at the centre of the Silk Road, to…

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7 historic treasures destroyed in wars that travelers will never get to see; Phil Norris; Matador Network

Invaluable cultural loss.

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Tourists rush to Afghanistan’s scenic national park; Press TV

Band-e-Amir national park in central Bamiyan province offers an opportunity to Afghans to enjoy their holidays.

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2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain; Rod Nordland; NY Times

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AFGHANISTAN In addition to lives and education, Taliban wiping out Afghanistan’s artistic heritage; AsiaNews

Every year thousands of artefacts are stolen from tombs and museums, resold in the West and, increasingly, in the Gulf as “unprovenanced” works. Two days ago, one of Ghaznain Fort’s ancient towers collapsed. Seized by the Taliban, the Minaret of Jam could end up like the Bamiyan Buddhas.

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Cultural Preservation Paves The Way To Peace In Afghanistan; Morwari Zafar; Gandhara

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After Centuries Of Neglect, Afghanistan’s Historic Minaret Under Threat From Taliban; Frud Bezhan & Qadir Ghafori; RFERL

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Safeguarding of World Heritage site of the Minaret of Jam; Maria Rita Acetoso; Unesco

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18 killed as Taleban strike near historic Afghan minaret, South Asia; AFP

Taleban fighters have stormed several security posts providing protection to Afghanistan’s historic minaret of Jam, cutting access to the Unesco World Heritage Site and…

Source: 18 killed as Taleban strike near historic Afghan minaret, South Asia

Afghanistan- Govt, UNESCO Criticized for ‘Inattention’ to Minaret of Jam; MenaFN

A special meeting attended by officials from Ministry of Information and Culture and representatives of…

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Floods threaten Jam minaret, 12th century Afghan gem; AFP

Deadly floods sweeping Afghanistan have put the celebrated minaret of Jam — one of the country’s most revered cultural, architectural and…

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Earthen Heritage Conservation: A Perspective from Afghanistan; Sajjad Sharifi & Angela Escobar; The Iris

Urban planner Sajjad Sharifi on his work for UNESCO in Kabul and challenges to conserving the local earthen architecture…

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Despite their looting, Houthis cannot erase a legacy of civilisation; The National

Attempts to destroy Yemeni culture and history will ultimately fail…

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Saving Afghanistan’s Incredible Heritage; Laure Cailloce; CNRS News

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

For nearly a century, the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan (DAFA) has been drawing up an inventory of the archaeological heritage of one of the world’s most unstable countries. Some 5000 sites have already been discovered, both on the ground and from the air. They reveal Afghanistan’s remarkable archaeological wealth, including protohistoric, Greek, Buddhist and Islamic remains, as archaeologist Julio Bendezu-Sarmiento explains.

For the last thirty years, Afghanistan has been associated with images of war, of the Soviet occupation, civil strife, and the Taliban—to the point of concealing the extent to which the country once fired the imagination of archaeologists and adventurers of every sort. It was there that Alexander the Great, who had set out to conquer Asia, is said to have met and married the beautiful Roxana around 330 BC. Buddhism found fertile ground there too, yielding some of its most beautiful works of art, such as the tragically renowned Buddhas carved into the cliffs of the Bamiyan valley, and destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

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