Castle Fortress in Afghanistan

When I first saw this castle I thought it must have been built by Alexander the Great’s troops when he fought his way through Afghanistan thousands of years ago.  Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed to learn that it was built sometime in the 1960’s.

The dirt ramp up to the castle entrance wrapped all the way around the hill.  Up on the parapets was a DShK heavy machine gun.  Needless to say, it was a very defendable position and as you will see it had been fought over several times over the decades.

Myself on the ramp up to the entrance.  We were invited up to take a look around by the guards who occupied the fort.

Note all the bullet holes…

Another view (with team mate’s head in the foreground!) of the interior of the castle.  The design was kind of haphazard, a sort of labyrinth, probably from having been rebuilt so many times.

Me and a team mate with a few of the guards.  I’ll have some more of these pictures up this weekend.

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2 responses to “Castle Fortress in Afghanistan

  1. 1960s, huh? Such monuments were built in southern California in the 1920s, but this is kinda’ strange. There’s an old Crusader castle in Lebanon that fell victim to Israeli bombs and shells.

  2. In truth, I don’t think there is any way of knowing for sure until some archeologists can get in there. Like so many things, local memory stretches back into antiquity but is very vague.

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