In October 2008 I visited Samangans Takht-i Rostam, in northern Afghanistan, on my way from Mazar-i Sharif to Kabul with Qais, a Pansheri driver kindly provided by People in Need (a Czech NGO that has been already for a long time in Afghanistan, providing exellent help to people - many thanks to them!). This area includes a great stupa, hidden in the mountain - only the top slightly popping up - and a vast net of monastic cells in a nearby, lower hill. The Buddhist archeological area is relatively well preserved, also due to the fact that locals thought the meditation cells in a row to be an ancient bazar - which made them utterly uninteresting and spared them from any possible outburst of religious zeal... This presentation was prepared for the capacity building workshop for museum professionals organized by UNESCO at Kabul National Museum of Afghanistan in May 2010.
1. Safeguarding Cultural Heritage:Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Strategies for Sustainable Museum Management UNESCO Training May 8-13, 2010 Kabul, Afghanistan
2. Samangan Takht-i RostamAlessandro Califano UNESCO Training Session IV May 9, 2010 Kabul, Afghanistan 3. Samangan 4. Samangan 5. Takht-i Rostam The Setting 6. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 1/3 7. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 2/3 8. Takht-i Rostam The Hidden Stupa 3/3 9. Samangan's Monastery General View 10. Samangan's Monastery Lower Access 11. Samangan's Monastery Lower Access, Detail 12. Samangan's Monastery Large Hall 13. Samangan's Monastery Large Hall, Roof 14. Samangan's Monastery Monks' Cells 15. Samangan's Monastery Second Corridor 16. Samangan's Monastery Bassin 17. Samangan Credits All pictures Alessandro Califano, 2008 Many thanks to People in Need for the assistance provided to me on that occasion. Alessandro Califano, 2010