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Masjed Jamed, Herat, Afghanistan. western Afghanistan. The photo shows one of the columns of western Shabestan. Shabestan (=nightland) is part of a mosque for sleeping or nocturnal prayers. Despite of three decades of war in Afghanistan, the historcial heritage of Herat, especially this mosque, has survived and looks still the same as on this photo from 1970.

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Buddha of Bamiyan Afghanistan 1992 before destruction, Steve Mc Curry Built in 554 AD in the blended classic Gandhara art. Destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

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In “A Monday in Kabul,’ Marieke van der Velden documents the everyday happenings of a city that’s seen its fair share of violence in the past decade.

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24 Striking Pictures Of Afghanistan By Photojournalist Steve McCurry

‘Girl between two women in bazaar’, 2002. | 24 Striking Pictures Of Afghanistan By Photojournalist Steve McCurry

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