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Bala Hissar from Sher Denwaza.

Bala Hissar from Sher Denwaza.

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(45)

Item number: 45

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Bala Hissar from Sher Denwaza taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879 during the course of the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80). This print shows a panoramic view composed of two joined prints looking eastwards down onto the Bala Hissar from the Sher Derwaza Heights behind, with part of the city visible at the left. The Bala Hissar or High Fortress was the ancient seat of power at Kabul dating back to the time of the White Huns in the 5th century. It was located south of the city overlooking the houses and bazaars from a commanding height. In 1879 the fortress was partially destroyed by General Roberts for the killing of the British resident, Cavagnari and his mission during the Second Afghan War.

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