Bamiyan Panorama

Bamiyan Panorama

Friday, March 09, 2012

Photos of Bala Hissar fort in 1879

A selection from the British Library’s stunning collection of images from the Second Afghan War (1878-1880). The Bala Hissar (Persian for “high fortress”) is a 5th century fort on the Kuh-e-Sherdarwaza (Mountain of the Lion’s Gate). The walls are 20 feet high and 12 feet thick, and it is actually two distinct facilities; the lower fort contained stables, barracks and the former royal palaces; the upper fort was home to an armoury and a jail.

Upper Bala Hissar, looking down onto the palace and gardens, with the Kabul Valley beyond

Looking along the wall of the mighty Bala Hissar fort towards the burnt-out Residency in Kabul.

Burnt-out ruins of the Residency at the Bala Hissar fort in Kabul. The British Resident, Major Sir Pierre Louis Napoleon Cavagnari, KCB, CSI, was killed here along with his staff—and 71 defending officers and enlisted men—on September 3rd, 1879 by mutinous Afghan troops.

Panoramic view looking along the walls of the Bala Hissar Fort in Kabul, Afghanistan, with Shah Shahid Gate in foreground.

Bengal Sappers and Miners, Indian Army. Bala Hissar from Sher Denwaza.

Upper Bala Hissar from gate above Residency, Kabul.

Upper Bala Hissar from west.

South face, Upper Bala Hissar.

The Diwan-i-Am or audience hall of the Amir at Kabul, Afghanistan, with the fortress of Bala Hissar in the background

I found these photos on this site.

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