Bāmiyān Province. A
side valley branching off the main. Bāmiyān Valley,
2 km to the west of the town.
Hephtalo-Sasanian, 5th-7th (stylistic);
Turk and/or pre-Mongol Islamic, 7th-13th C. (Architectural).
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."
Ball, W. Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan,
Paris, 1982, p. 100
stucco weather-worn, one arch dangerously cracked; remedial
attention urgently needed.