Major tourist site restored in Herat, Afghanistan. Please send me there! – by Sean McLachlan Gadling com

Herat, Herat citadel, Afghanistan
While Afghanistan may not be high on your places-to-go list, the government is trying hard to offer more sightseeing opportunities.

A giant citadel overlooking the city of Herat has just reopened after several years and $2.4 million of restoration. The citadel dates back to when Alexander the Great’s armies marched across Afghanistan on their way to India in 330 BC. It was used by a succession of dynasties and cultures before being destroyed by the Mongols. Most of the current citadel dates to the 14th and 15th centuries.

The restoration was done with the help of the U.S. and German governments and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The National Museum of Herat has opened inside the citadel, showcasing artifacts from the region’s long history.

 

Read more at Gadling com

Also Read Spiegel article in German language:

Zitadelle von Herat feiert Wiedereröffnung

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