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.  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...  more »
  • It is located in the front of the Kabul Museum. last week I visited this place with my friend. It is under the new rehabilitation.  more »
  • I d the design of camera and operate that successfully it's now become a nice palace and I hope the best for Afghanistan
  • In Kabul this is beautiful location which is very historical places and it’s have very beautiful road
  • Historical nive place in afghanistan which is build by. Shah amanullah khan
  • Darul Aman Palace (Persian: قصر دارالامان‎; Pashto: د دارالامان ماڼۍ‎; "abode of peace" or, in a double meaning "abode of Aman[ullah]")[1] is a palace located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south-west outside of the center of Kabul, Afghanistan. It sits directly across from the Afghan Parliament, and is close to the National Museum of Afghanistan and the American University of Afghanistan. In 2019, the palace was fully renovated for the 100th year of Afghan Independence, which was on the 19th of August, 2019 Construction of the Darul Aman Palace began in the early 1920s as a part of the endeavours of King Amanullah Khan to modernize Afghanistan. It was to be part of the new capital city called Darulaman, connected to Kabul by a narrow gauge railway.[4] The palace is considered to be a testimony of the Afghan-German ties, as it was designed by German engineer Walter Harten and his team of engineers.[5] The palace is an imposing neoclassical building on a hilltop overlooking a flat, dusty valley in the western part of the Afghan capital. Designed by French and German architects, it was one of the first buildings in the country to get central heating and running water.[3] Intended as the seat of a future parliament, the building remained unused and partially complete for many years after religious conservatives under Habibullah Kalakani forced Amanullah from power in 1929, and halted his reforms. In later years it served as the medical school for Kabul University, as well a warehouse, and the seat of several smaller ministries.[3] The building was gutted by fire on December 14, 1968, and afterwards restored to house the Ministry of Defense during the 1970s and 1980s. In the Communist coup of 1978, the building was once more set on fire. Much of the building was damaged by tank fire during Shahnawaz Tanai's failed coup attempt on March 6, 1990.[6] It was once again damaged in the 1990s as rival Mujahideen factions fought for control of Kabul. Heavy shelling by the Mujahideen left the palace a gutted ruin, including the garage containing the vehicles of the former king which were removed and used as target practice, all ultimately being destroyed. It was mostly used as a refugee settlement and a nomad camp until the early 2000s, when it became a battalion headquarters for the Afghan National Army.[3] In 2005, a plan was unveiled to refurbish the palace for use as the seat of Afghanistan's future parliament.[7] It was to be funded primarily by private donations from foreigners and wealthy Afghans. The palace one of several targets in a series of attacks launched on April 15, 2012, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.[8] Eventually it was decided to develop a new building opposite the palace to house the parliament under a grant, provided by India. Construction was completed in 2015. In early 2016 work began on a $20 million restoration project, intended to renovate the palace in time for the centenary of Afghanistan’s full independence in 1919. Nearly 600 tons of debris was initially removed from the 150-room building and by the spring of 2017, workers were taking down plaster and concrete from the inner walls.[3] Over 80 engineers and architects were involved in the project, of which 25 percent were female. It was announced in February 2018, that almost 50 percent of the renovation was complete and then was completed in full by July 2019.
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