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A Monument in Mud Brick
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Afghanistan's oldest mosque—No Gumbad, or Nine Domes—was built in the early ninth century on the outskirts of Balkh, an important caravan stop on the Silk Road. Its domes and most of its arches collapsed long before the recent civil conflict, but years of neglect have also allowed sandstorms, rain, and bird droppings to further damage the remains. Efforts to save this historic structure started in 2003 with the repair of a modern metal canopy that keeps off the worst of the weather. Afghanistan now faces a difficult question: How can it afford to save such testaments to its ancient culture while its people are still so impoverished?

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Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: 9 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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