“I met a traveller from an antique land”: Freya Stark in Afghanistan

Firuzkuh, or Turquoise Mountain, is the lost capital of the Ghorid dynasty of Afghanistan. It was reputedly one of the greatest cities of its age, but was destroyed by the son of Genghis Khan in the early 13th century. Continue reading “I met a traveller from an antique land”: Freya Stark in Afghanistan

The Minaret of Jam becomes the Leaning Tower of Ghor

The minaret of Jam, one of Afghanistan’s cultural marvels, is in danger of collapse. Centuries of neglect and frequent floods have weakened this fabled 800-year-old structure in the remote province of Ghor. Continue reading The Minaret of Jam becomes the Leaning Tower of Ghor