YOU CAN EDIT THIS PAGE! Just click any blue "Edit" link and start writing!

Editing Balkh

Jump to: navigation, search

Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits.

The edit can be undone. Please check the comparison below to verify that this is what you want to do, and then save the changes below to finish undoing the edit.
Latest revision Your text
Line 1: Line 1:
[[Image:Khoja Abu Nasar Parsa dargah.jpg|thumb|350px|Tomb of Khoja Abu Nasar Parsa in the center of town]]
 
 
 
'''Balkh''' is a town in [[Afghanistan]].
 
'''Balkh''' is a town in [[Afghanistan]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
Historically Balkh is believed to be a centre of the ''Bactrian Empire'', even before the arrival of ''Alexander the Great''. It was destroyed many times over by the likes of ''Ghengis Khan'' and ''Timur-i-lang''.
+
Historically Balkh is believed to be a centre of the ''Bactrian Empire'', even before the arrival of ''Alexander the Great''. It was destroyed many times over by the likes of ''Ghengis Khan'' and ''Timur-i-lenk''.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
Line 18: Line 16:
  
 
The town has a central park, where children play soccer or volleyball. At one end are the ruins of a tiled mosque, the other the gate of a madrassa. Again the construction technique of the madrassa can bee seen. As the park is full of trees and small shops surround the part it is difficult to take photos of the madrassa. Full shots of the mosque are easy.
 
The town has a central park, where children play soccer or volleyball. At one end are the ruins of a tiled mosque, the other the gate of a madrassa. Again the construction technique of the madrassa can bee seen. As the park is full of trees and small shops surround the part it is difficult to take photos of the madrassa. Full shots of the mosque are easy.
 
* '''Shrine of Khoja Abu Nasar Parsa''' – also known as ''Bala Hasar'', dominating the park in the center of the town sits this 15th century shrine, built in the Timurid style.
 
 
* '''Dargah of Rabia Balkhi''' – adjacent to the Parsa shrine is this small tomb of the famous female Persian poet. She was sealed in a basement by her brother after having an affair, and wrote her most famous poem in her own blood on the wall as she died.
 
 
* '''Noh Gonbad (Haji piyada) mosque'''; is well worth a visit.  Its history is unclear but it is certainly one of Afghanistan's most important historical buildings. Possibly dating from Zoroastrian times the remains are now under a protective roof, and are worth the bumpy 2km drive from the main Balkh - Mazar road. Head south from the centre of Balkh, cross the main east-west road and keep going.  After 500 metres you'll see a sign (in English) telling you to turn right.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
Line 38: Line 30:
  
  
{{isIn|Northwest_Afghanistan}}
 
 
{{outline}}
 
{{outline}}
 
+
{{isIn|Afghanistan}}
[[WikiPedia:Balkh]]
 

You may have to refresh your browser window in order to view the most recent changes to an article.

All contributions to Wikitravel must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. By clicking "Save" below, you acknowledge that you agree to the site license as well as the following:

  • If you do not want your work to be re-used on other web sites and modified by other users please do not submit!
  • All contributions must be your own original work or work that is explicitly licensed under a CC-BY-SA compatible license.
  • Text and/or images published on another web site or in a book are likely copyrighted and should not be submitted here!
  • Wikitravel has strong guidelines on links to external web sites. Links to booking engines, hotel and restaurant aggregator sites, or other third-party sites will be deleted.
  • Contributions that appear to be marketing or advertising will be deleted.

To protect the wiki against automated edit spam, we kindly ask you to solve the following CAPTCHA:

Cancel | Editing help (opens in new window)

Templates used on this page: