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Darul Aman Palace, Kabul

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Explore the complex war-torn ruins of a European-style palace at Darul Aman Palace, an impressive three story neo-classical building perched on a hilltop overlooking the site of the new Afghan parliamentary building. The centerpiece of King Amanullah Khan’s vision of a new modern capital in the 1920s, the palace was abandoned after a coup. Repeatedly fire-gutted and shelled, the restored building served as a Defense Ministry site in the 1970s before being left in disrepair during the rule of the Taliban. Explore its graffiti-sprayed walls, peppered with shrapnel holes and impressive interior vaults, and imagine how the country would have developed had it not been for the squabbling of great powers. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Darul Aman Palace and many more Kabul attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kabul trip planner.
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  • Currently being rebuilt, but interesting nonetheless. The Queen's Palace is a short distance away and appears top be in much better condition. 
    Currently being rebuilt, but interesting nonetheless. The Queen's Palace is a short distance away and appears top be in much better condition.  more »
  • This wonderful old property is now the subject of a massive renovation / rebuild funded by the Japanese government. When finished it will replicate the original as seen in the early photos at the... 
    This wonderful old property is now the subject of a massive renovation / rebuild funded by the Japanese government. When finished it will replicate the original as seen in the early photos at the...  more »
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  • Darulaman Palace is one of the historical monuments of Afghanistan. The building, located eight kilometers southwest of Kabul, in the fourteenth district of Kabul, formerly known as Afshartpeh, was built during the reign of Amanullah Khan. At the time of the construction of this palace, good political relations were established between the government of Afghanistan and Germany, and 22 engineers of the German government were involved in urban planning and repairs. The year 1306 was completed and the palace was built inside approximately 150 small and large rooms that are used by all government agencies of the Amani period.
  • The 150 room Darul Aman Palace was originally built in the 1920s, during the reign of Amanullah Khan. He reigned as Emir of Afghanistan between February 1919 and June 1926, and as King of Afghanistan between June 1926 and January 1929. The palace was severely damaged during the 1990s civil war. However, between 2016 and 2020, the palace was renovated and completely restored to its former glory, work being largely completed for the 100th anniversary of Afghan Independence, which was on 19 August 2019. (Wikipedia)

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