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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"FŪLĀDI,

LOCATION: Bāmiyān Province. A side valley branching off the main. Bāmiyān Valley, 2 km to the west of the town.

DATE:
Hephtalo-Sasanian, 5th-7th (stylistic); Turk and/or pre-Mongol Islamic, 7th-13th C. (Architectural).

DESCRIPTION: A complex of some 30 artificial caves. Many have tunnel-like passageways connecting them to watch-towers on the hills above. Some have decorations of "lantern" ceilings and frescos. There is also a line of later fortifications along the valley as far as Manāra, guarding the approach to the Bāmiyān Valley from the south."

From Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, Paris, 1982, p. 100


CONDITION: carved stucco weather-worn, one arch dangerously cracked; remedial attention urgently needed.

 

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