Bagh-e Babur, Kabul, Afghanistan
Gardens of Babur, locally known as “Bagh-e Babur”, is a historic park in Kabul, Afghanistan, and also the last resting-place of the first Mughal emperor Babur, a native of Uzbekistan. The gardens are thought to have been developed around 1528 AD (935 AH), when Babur gave orders for the construction of an ‘avenue garden’ in Kabul, described in some detail in his memoirs, the Baburnama. Having initially been buried in Agra, India, where he died, Babur’s body was moved to the grave enclosure in the garden around 1540.
But time has taken its toll on Babur’s original garden. By 2001, foreign occupation and fighting between militant groups caused them to be almost destroyed, especially under the civil war in 1992. Since the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, however, the gardens have been completely restored. Restoration of the site began in 2002 by the Aga Khan Foundation. Now, the gardens attract more than 300,000 visitors per year who pay 20 afghanis (25p) to enjoy the open spaces and picnic beneath shady trees.
Tesfay Atchbekha Negga was born in Ethiopia in 1970. In 1997, he graduated from I. E. Repin’s Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Russian Academy of Arts.
Throughout the late 90s, many of his works were featured at expositions throughout Russia and Europe.
I don’t want to look back in five years time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.
~ (via arabarabarab)
The Land of Lava and Ice
Finnish Photographer Kimmo Savolainen has captured beautiful landscapes of Iceland in his recent series titled “
The Land of Lava and Ice.”
Italian designer Tommaso Guerra has created beautiful handmade chalk typography.
يا تراب جنوبي من شمسك فجر الحرية بيشهدلك عطر الشهداء مزين دربك صوتك الحانك الثوار
guys… it’s a palm tree.
Sfax Madina, Tunisia 2014
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