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Kabul
Kabul
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The city of Kabul is over 3,000 years old. Historians date its establishment to between 2000 and 1500 BCE. Kabul has always been considered a prize, due to its strategic location on the trade routes of Southern and Central Asia. In 1504, Babur made it the capital of his Mughul Empire. Finally, in 1776, Timur Shah Durrani made it the capital of modern Afghanistan. The city's population is multicultural and multi-ethnic, reflecting the diversity of Afghanistan as a whole. 

Kabul, 2003
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumKabul, 2003 - Credit: Luke Powell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kabul 1978
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Old Kabul 1978
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Today’s images of Kabul are of a rubble and destruction, physically deformed by war. But earlier photographs show a pleasant and prosperous city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darulaman Palace
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumDarulaman Palace - Credit: Luke Powell

  Darulaman Palace was designed for King Amanullah by a French architect in the 1920s. When he became king in 1923, Amanullah took vigorous steps to modernise Afghanistan. He was overthrown in 1929, very soon after announcing that Afghan women were going to abandon the burqa. Darulaman Palace was originally intended to be the home of the parliament, but it later became the Defence Ministry, and was the military headquarters during the Russian occupation.