SPACH Photo Catalogue of Major Priority Sites and Monuments:

Provinces:

Badakhshan Badghis
Baghlan
Balkh
Bamyan
Farah
Faryab
Ghazni
Ghor
Herat
Helmand
Jawzjan
Kabul
Kandahar
Kapisa
Khost
Kunar
Kunduz
Laghman
Logar
Nangarhar
Nimroz
Nuristan
Paktika
Paktya
Parwan
Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
Wardak
Zabu
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SHRINE OF KHWAJA ABU NASR PARSA,

LOCATION: Balkh. Situated in the center of Balkh's Central Park.

DESCRIPTION:
Built in the late Timurid style, its blue dome, fluted and resting on stalactite corbels 25 m; 80 ft. above the ground, sits above a colorflly tiled octagonal base. The portal is flanked by magnificent corkscrew pillars.


From Dupree, N.H. An Historical Guide to Afghanistan, Kabul, 1977, p. 398

CONDITION: small section tiles on dome displaced by rocket hit; 1974 restoration suffering from lack of maintenance, interior satisfactory; unauthorized construction of new mosque attached to south facade destroys original design. A crack in the southeastern part of the dome (maybe caused by an earthquake during the 90's) might be extremely serious. A rocket hit the southern facade during factional fighting in 2003.

An in-depth structural study is urgently needed

 

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