The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Hundreds of foreign tourists visit historical sites of Samangan

AYBAK CITY: A total of 160 foreign tourists have visited historical sites of the country’s northern province of Samangan, the provincial Information and Culture Directorate said in a statement the other day. General Director of Cultural Heritage Preservation of the provincial Information and Culture Mohammad Amin Azizi said that 160 tourists from various countries of the world have visited historical monuments, particularly Takht-e-Rostam’s stone stupa in the province, according to the statement. “After the resumption of power by the Islamic Emirate and ensuring countrywide security by IEA, thousands of domestic tourists and hundreds of foreign tourists have visited historical sites, places and natural attractions of the province, which shows a significant increase comparing to the previous years,” the statement quoted Azizi. Azizi added that Samangan province has 114 historical monuments, 106 of which have been registered with the cultural heritage preservation department of the provincial information and culture directorate, and the rest after the necessary survey will be registered within the department. Azizi further added that the plan to rebuild the surrounding walls of the Takht-e-Rostam’s stone stupa was underway and will be started in the near future. Takht-e Rostam is located in south of Aybak city the center of the province and was built in the 3rd-4th century AD while the area was part of the Kushano-Sasanian Kingdom the complex is carved entirely from the bedrock and “consists of five chambers, two of them sanctuaries. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.