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Afghanistan has such beautiful mountains. The turmoil the people have endured only makes the mountains seem more looming.

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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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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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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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Afghanistan, Kabul. By Justin Heine. Afghan boys carry water, pass through destroyed houses in the west of Kabul. Many houses in Kabul lack running water due to damage caused in the country's long civil war.

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