Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio
Fresh back from Afghanistan, with time to reflect on previous trips… more from my work for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) – here, a photograph of the restored Babur’s Garden, nestled in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and the fertile alluvial plains of the Kabul River basin. The garden is named after a young Uzbek Prince, Zahir-ud-Din Muhammad (“Defender of the Faith”; commonly known by his nickname “Babur”) who captured Kabul in 1504 at the age of 21. Babur’s garden is divided into stepped terraces of sixteen levels, and his grave is located near the top of the site. The garden represents an oasis of tranquility surrounded by informal residential development; native species of fruit trees and flowers have been planted in the restored garden.
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