(The Darul Aman Palace)
Built in the 1920s, both are about 16 km’s from the center of the capital and only 1.3 km’s from each other.
Someone said to me recently, expressing what is probably a fairly common impression, “I had no idea Afghanistan had such buildings.” And, given the state both are in (both buildings are but ruinous shells), it barely does.
(The Tajbeg Palace)
The two buildings are but two examples of the countless relics of a rich and fascinating regional history. And, as with many such relics in this country they are under dire threat from the forces of barbarism (see the Buddhas of Bamiyan for a particularly tragic example).
Darul Aman means “abode of peace’. Perhaps then, in the capital of this strife-ridden country, it is sadly appropriate that it lies in ruins.