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. For Darul Aman Palace and beyond, use our Kabul travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Kabul vacation.
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  • July 23, 2017
    I went inside once, it is totally destroyed in war but it is not hard to tell it used to be a really nice palace. There is a huge hall in the top floor with pieces of metal in the ceiling (no wall) so...  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    When in Afghanistan, this is a site to see. It was once an incredible tribute to decadence that has been wrecked beyond repair. It is interesting to see the building techniques and architecture in suc...  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    Unfortunately, the Palace itself cannot go and see what and how the inside because it was in disrepair and guarded by the police as one of the strategic heights. But if you are, then you would be allowed Russian photograph and even drive on the "rear" yard directly to the Palace.
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  • December 17, 2016
    This place a great place and it is going to be repaired by the afghan government which is a good step and we support them from our hearts. May Allah have peace and stability in our beautiful country Afghanistan.
  • December 20, 2016
    The historical place where you would love to visit once in a while is now barricaded now.
  • October 19, 2014
    Darulaman is Historical palace and have a big castle and located in front of the Kabul Museum this palace has best weather and during the Internal war the Castle find so many demolition & right now need Reconstruction hope International Community help for Reconstruction of this Important palace & around of castle is hug Land State and Can say the Castle located is very best palace.If the Castle is going to Complete well It is good for Historical Local Restaurants. Little info about Darulaman Palace.Hope being interesting for reader.Thanks
  • May 13, 2017
    Nice palace
  • February 25, 2017
    I love it

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