Archive Month : July 2012
Shahar-i-Gholghola The name Shahar-i-Gholghola is generally applied to the whole plateau south of the cliff with the Buddhas: visible remains of dwelling, places, and mosques scattered here and there silently attest to the fact that the Islamic city extended throughout this area. More particularly, however, the name applies to the conical hill on which […]
SHAR-I-ZOHAK This amazing fortress crowning the natural defenses of high magenta-red cliff was built from the soil of the cliff itself and fort this reason foreign visitors have named it Red City. Nothing tells us just how it acquired its local name of Shar-i-Zohak. Zohak being a legendary king of Persian literature.
kakrak A long valley called Kakrak stretches out to the east of the great statues [of Bamyan] and over here there is another statue 18 feet high, which is also surrounded by a group of caves. Frescos removed from some of these caves have been exhibited at the Kabul museum. Kakrak itself is one of […]
Foladi Caves These caves were constructed along the Foladi river which runs along the west side of the Bamiyan valley. There are 50 caves in all which were partially destroyed in the recent wars. However, you can still see the beautiful ceiling drawings such as the “Laternendecke”, even today