Category: Afghanistan

Minaret of Jam – UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan; Azertac

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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.

Source: Minaret of Jam – UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan

New concerns for the Bamiyan Valley’s future in Taliban hands surface on anniversary of monumental Buddhas’ destruction; Sarvy Geranpayeh; Art Newspaper

Photo: Afghanistan Matters

Source: The Art Newspaper – International art news and events

Afghanistan’s Bamiyan Valley will collapse in the next ten years if looting and neglect continue, former Unesco representative warns; Sarvy Geranpayeh; Art Newspaper

Photo: Ken Scar

Source: The Art Newspaper – International art news and events

A Rogue Taliban Governor Has Been Digging Beneath the Ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas, Chasing a Rumor of Buried Treasure; Rebecca Anne Proctor; Artnet

Photo: Marco Di Lauro

Scholars have asked UNESCO to intervene after a Taliban minister began digging for treasure underneath the ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas.

Source: A Rogue Taliban Governor Has Been Digging Beneath the Ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas, Chasing a Rumor of Buried Treasure | Artnet News

Ancient Afghan minaret in danger of ‘collapse’ after quakes; AFP

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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.

Source: Ancient Afghan minaret in danger of ‘collapse’ after quakes

In The Balance: Urgent Calls For Taliban, UNESCO To Safeguard Famed Minaret; RFE/FL

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Bamiyan 20 years on; David Tresilian; Ahram Online

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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.

Source: The daring journey to reach Afghanistan’s famous Buddhas—before they were lost

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

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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 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.

Source: Afghanistan- Govt, UNESCO Criticized for ‘Inattention’ to Minaret of Jam

Afghanistan- Minaret of Jam documentation short video revealed; MenaFM

Afghanistan – Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

Source: Afghanistan- Minaret of Jam documentation short video revealed

Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province starts tourism revival with national park; Alice Tidey; NBC

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

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.

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He was forced to blow up the Bamiyan Buddhas. Should they be rebuilt?; Kiko Itasaka; NBC News

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

Sayed Mizra Hussain faced a terrible dilemma: commit a shocking act of cultural destruction or be shot by the Taliban.

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Afghanistan: Tourism Soars At Historic Site; Hamidullah Arifi; Eurasia Review

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

Officials in the historic Afghan province of Bamiyan say that domestic tourism to its famed archeological treasures and nature parks is soaring.

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This is the world’s most dangerous holiday package and it’s being run by a British grandfather!; Abhishek Mande Bhot; India.com

Afghanistan – Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

Geoff Hann organizes bus tours in the war-torn Afghanistan. This is his unbelievable story.

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Afghan historic minaret of Jam ‘in danger of collapse’; Mohammad Qazizada & Daud Qarizadah; BBC News

Afghanistan – Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

One of Afghanistan’s architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam in Ghor province, is in danger of collapse, officials tell the BBC.

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In pictures: Afghanistan’s ‘safest province’; Ali M Latifi & Abasin Azarm; Al Jazeera English

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

Bamiyan may not be wracked by violence, but it continues to suffer from poverty and years of underdevelopment.

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Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha); Zan Azlee; Fatbidin.com

Afghanistan – Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

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:

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