The Bala Hissar Gate, Kabul, 1879

The Bala Hissar Gate, Kabul, 1879
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actual image size: 32cm x 25cm

The Bala Hissar Gate, Kabul, 1879.

Photograph, 2nd Afghan War, 1879.

The ancient Bala Hissar fortress was located south of the city overlooking the houses and bazaars from a commanding height. In 1879, during the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880), when Major-General Frederick Robert's Kabul Field Force re-occupied the city, the fort was partially destroyed in retaliation for the killing of the British Resident Sir Louis Cavagnari and his diplomatic mission by the Afghans.

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