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Safeguarding Cultural Heritage:Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Strategies for Sustainable Museum Management<br />UNESCO Tr...
Samangan – Takht-i RostamAlessandro Califano<br />UNESCO Training – Session IV<br />May 9, 2010<br />Kabul, Afghanistan<br />
Samangan<br />
Samangan<br />
Takht-i Rostam – The Setting<br />
Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 1/3<br />
Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 2/3<br />
Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 3/3<br />
Samangan's Monastery – General View<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Lower Access<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Lower Access, Detail<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Large Hall<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Large Hall, Roof<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Monks' Cells<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Second Corridor<br />
Samangan's Monastery – Bassin<br />
Samangan – Credits<br />All pictures © Alessandro Califano, 2008<br />Many thanks to People in Need for the assistance pro...
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Archaeology - Hidden Stupa, Buddhist Monastery in Samangan (Afghanistan)

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In October 2008 I visited Samangan's Takht-i Rostam, in northern Afghanistan, on my way from Mazar-i Sharif to Kabul with Qais, a Pansheri driver kindly provided by People in Need (a Czech NGO that has been already for a long time in Afghanistan, providing exellent help to people - many thanks to them!).
This area includes a great stupa, hidden in the mountain - only the top slightly popping up - and a vast net of monastic cells in a nearby, lower hill.
The Buddhist archeological area is relatively well preserved, also due to the fact that locals thought the meditation cells in a row to be an ancient bazar - which made them utterly uninteresting and spared them from any possible outburst of religius zeal...

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Archaeology - Hidden Stupa, Buddhist Monastery in Samangan (Afghanistan)

  1. 1. Safeguarding Cultural Heritage:Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Strategies for Sustainable Museum Management<br />UNESCO Training<br />May 8-13, 2010<br />Kabul, Afghanistan<br />
  2. 2. Samangan – Takht-i RostamAlessandro Califano<br />UNESCO Training – Session IV<br />May 9, 2010<br />Kabul, Afghanistan<br />
  3. 3. Samangan<br />
  4. 4. Samangan<br />
  5. 5. Takht-i Rostam – The Setting<br />
  6. 6. Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 1/3<br />
  7. 7. Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 2/3<br />
  8. 8. Takht-i Rostam – The Hidden Stupa 3/3<br />
  9. 9. Samangan's Monastery – General View<br />
  10. 10. Samangan's Monastery – Lower Access<br />
  11. 11. Samangan's Monastery – Lower Access, Detail<br />
  12. 12. Samangan's Monastery – Large Hall<br />
  13. 13. Samangan's Monastery – Large Hall, Roof<br />
  14. 14. Samangan's Monastery – Monks' Cells<br />
  15. 15. Samangan's Monastery – Second Corridor<br />
  16. 16. Samangan's Monastery – Bassin<br />
  17. 17. Samangan – Credits<br />All pictures © Alessandro Califano, 2008<br />Many thanks to People in Need for the assistance provided to me on that occasion.<br />© Alessandro Califano, 2010<br />

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