Sunday, April 3, 2016

Panorama of the Bala Hissar, Kabul

This panoramic photograph of the Bala Hissar (High Fort) in Kabul is from an album of rare historical photographs depicting people and places associated with the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The British envoy to Kabul, Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon Cavagnari (1841–79), was murdered inside the fort in September 1879, triggering a general uprising and the second phase of the war. The Kōh-e Shēr Darwāzah (lion door) Mountain rises behind the fort, while the ancient walls with battlements and sentry towers trail off into the distance on both sides. The fortress, which dates from the fifth century, overlooked the city from a hill to the south and was the traditional seat of Afghan rulers. It reputedly was home to Timur (Tamerlane, from Tīmūr Lang meaning Timur the Lame) and the Mughal emperor, Babur. British troops can be seen by the entrance gate in the right side of the photograph.

Source: Library of Congress