1116-11005 - Darulaman Palace was designed for King Amanullah by a French architect in the 1920s; it later became the Defense Ministry, and was the military headquarters during the Russian occupation. .Kabul,, Afghanistan
1116-10830 - Darulaman Palace was designed for King Amanullah by a French architect in the 1920s; it later became the Defense Ministry, and was the military headquarters during the Russian occupation. .Kabul,, Afghanistan
857-34023 - A tractor drives through a bustling market that flourishes below the old city walls in the town of Ghazni, Afghanistan. For a thousand years the key to holding Kabul and Afghanistan, the old city of Ghazni and its citadel were the scenes of bloody battles between the Afghans and the British from 1838-42. Now an important truck stop on the road to Kandahar, Ghazni, located on the Lora River at the elevation of 2,225 meters, is the capital of Ghazni province with a population of 35,900, and is a market for sheep, wool, camel hair cloth, corn, and fruit. In the 11th century, Ghazni was at the center of an empire encompassing much of Afghanistan, Northern India, Persia and Central Asia.
857-34008 - Workers pause by the columns of a 19th century summer pavilion in the Babur Gardens, or Bagh-i-Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan, September 25, 2002. The pavilion, which was used as a restaurant in the 20th century, was built by Amir Abdur Rahman, but was heavily damaged by the factional fighting of the mujihadeen in the 1990's and later by the Taliban. The buildings and gardens are now being carefully restored. Shah Babur, a descendent of Ghengis Khan and grandson of Tamerlane, is credited for founding the great Moghul dynasty which ruled India for two centuries. Babur built the palace and created the gardens on a hill looking over the southern part of Kabul in the 16th century,
857-34050 - Men sell melons, an Afghan specialty, along the partly ruined streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001, commerce has thrived in Kabul, if not in all the regions of Afghanistan. Agricultural products remains one of the most important parts of the Afghan economy
857-34046 - An Afghan man holds a portait of himself as an Olympic wrestler in one of the old bazaars of Kabul. The man, now working as a traditional healer in a tiny stall, had been part of the Afghan Olympic team in the 1970's and had competed in Europe and in Mexico City.
857-34048 - Two school girls hurry across a street at dawn in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since the fall of the Taliban, a record number of girls have returned to school throughout Afghanistan. Much of Kabul was destroyed in the mid 1990's (1992-1996) in factional fighting between rival mujahideen commanders for control of the capital after the Soviet's withdrawal, and now Afghans are re-building their lives and business
857-34049 - An Afghan man sits on his wooden cart and drinks tea at dawn from a street tea stall in central Kabul. With the first respite from war in nearly two decades, Kabulis are busy re-building their lives and business amongst the ruins, and the streets are busy with markets, tea stalls, trucks, etc. Much of Kabul was destroyed in the mid 1990's (1992-1996) in factional fighting between rival mujahideen commanders for control of the capital after the Soviet's withdrawal.