Ruins of the Red City

The remains of Shahr-e-Zohak, a citadel that once protected Bamyan, are carved out of a red mountain. Dating back to the 6th century, the Red City has since seen the death of a grandson of Genghis Khan, the invasion of the Soviets, and is littered with remnants of war. I climbed it twice while I was in Bamyan – for when else would I get to spin on a rocket launcher atop a mountain’s peak?

Click on the image below for a slideshow of the Red City:

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About Afreen

I'm a Masters student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I'm spending the summer in Afghanistan working for a women's rights organization, and documenting their initiatives in central Afghanistan.
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