Darulaman Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan

Darulaman Palace showing decades of neglect.

Darulaman Palace showing decades of neglect.

© 2010 Brian H Neely

Across the street from the National Museum, at the end of Darulaman Road, about 10 miles (16 km) from the center of Kabul, you’ll find Darulaman Palace. It was built in the 1920s by King Amanullah to house Parliament, in one of several attempts by 20th C Afghan kings to modernize their country. The results of such efforts have been approximately the same every time, with different actors applying the brakes (religious radicals, Soviet-backed communists, religious radicals). Darulaman has been wrecked in fighting, fires and neglect, though the last time I went to the museum, in the Spring of 2012, work had begun on restoring it.

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