Minaret of Jam – UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan; Azertac
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
Ancient Afghan minaret in danger of ‘collapse’ after quakes; AFP
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
Bamiyan 20 years on; David Tresilian; Ahram Online
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
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
Source: Afghanistan- Minaret of Jam documentation short video revealed
Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province starts tourism revival with national park; Alice Tidey; NBC
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.
He was forced to blow up the Bamiyan Buddhas. Should they be rebuilt?; Kiko Itasaka; NBC News
Sayed Mizra Hussain faced a terrible dilemma: commit a shocking act of cultural destruction or be shot by the Taliban.
Afghanistan: Tourism Soars At Historic Site; Hamidullah Arifi; Eurasia Review
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.
In pictures: Afghanistan’s ‘safest province’; Ali M Latifi & Abasin Azarm; Al Jazeera English
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: