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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"TAKHT-E PUL,

LOCATION: In Balkh Province, midway between Mazar-i-Sharif and Balkh.

DESCRIPTION:
"This was once an elite suburb of Balkh built by Amir Afzal Khan in 1855 wile he governed Afghan Turkestan for his father, Amir Dost Mohammad. Escaping from the pestilential climate of Balkh, the court built spaciously two-storey houses in Takht-i Pul surrounded by flowering gardens and orchards. "
 From the upper stories they enjoyed a view of the mountains and the fresh breezes which blew from them. Amir Abdur Rahman (1880-1901), Afzal Khan's son, maintained the capital at Mazar and Takht-e Pul became a strong, fortified cantonment enthusiastically described by the Amir's British physician, Dr. Grey, when he inspected the hospital here in 1889. A jumble of ruined houses behind a protective wall on the north, massive walls cut by the modern road, and the dome of a mosque are all that survive today. The interior  of the mosque is richly decorated with floral panels painted in bright reds and blues, with touches of green. Stalactite niches and plaster panels sculptured with arabesques, foliated scrolls and rosettes add to the complexity of its decor. The plain mud-plastered dome rises from plwed fields today, giving no hint of its inner splendor."

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

 

CONDITION: Stucco decoration rapidly deteriorating
 
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