30/01/2010

Darulaman Palace, Kabul



The Darulaman Palace was built in the 1920s by former King Amanullah Khan as part of his plan for social and political modernization. It originally was intended to house Afghanistan's first elected parliament but before that legislature could be created, Amanullah Khan was forced into exile by conservative Pashtun tribesmen who opposed his reforms.... 

The building was bombed out during the early 1990s by militia factions and vandalized in the late 1990s by the Taliban regime. Today the palace is heavily guarded and we somehow managed to sweet talk our way in, for a skate de extraordinary!                                                          both pictures by: Jakob Simkin 

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