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[The ruined] Residency, front view, [Kabul].

[The ruined] Residency, front view, [Kabul].

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(8)

Item number: 8

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruined Residency building at Kabul where the British Resident, Cavagnari lived, taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879. The Residency was situated at the Bala Hissar fortress, home to some of Afghanistan’s most important kings. It is located to the south of Kabul in a prominent position overlooking the city. The fortress was originally divided into two parts, the lower fortress contained three royal palaces, stables and barracks and the upper fortress housed the armoury and dungeon of Kabul. In the 19th century the British were engaged in conflicts with Afghanistan due to British fear of Russian encroachment on their Indian colony and internal divisions within Afghanistan. The Bala Hissar was occupied intermittently by the British and was partially destroyed by General Roberts in retaliation for the killing of the British resident, Cavagnari and his mission in 1879.

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