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Shah Bobo Jan Palace: A glimpse into Afghanistan’s historical heritage

The Ethnographic Research Museum of the Afghanistan Sciences Academy is located in a palace known as “Shah Bobo Jan” in the Shar Naw area of Kabul. This historical palace dates back to the reign of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and is named “Shah Bobo Jan.” The specifications of this palace, like other magnificent architectures of its time, are distinguished in terms of architectural style. According to historians, the construction of the palace follows the Baroque style of the Renaissance period in Europe, which has been preserved specifically for structures of this type until the contemporary era. In 1880, when Amir Abdul Rahman Khan returned from Bukhara to his homeland and arrived in Kabul, he stayed at the Bala Bagh at night. There, he met with the dignitaries and high-ranking officials of the government. During the conversation with Sardar Mohammad Yousuf Khan, the son of Amir Dost Mohammad Khan, he asked if there was any suitable descendant or relative who could become his spouse. Sardar Mohammad Yousuf Khan immediately introduced Halimah, the daughter of Mir Atiqullah Khan, who was around 16 or 17 years old and belonged to a noble family with outstanding beauty and grace. A few days later, Halimah got married to Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and later gained fame as “Shah Bobo Jan.” The structure of this palace was designed by Austrian engineers during that era and was built by architects and artists from Kabul. The two-floor palace consists of forty rooms, corridors, and spacious halls. Its construction is typically made of clay, bricks, and wood, adorned with intricately carved wooden decorations. On the second floor, a central hall with wooden balconies and golden-colored ornaments can be seen, while the ceiling showcases beautiful floral and animal motifs. Double-layered windows with miniature golden decorations can be observed, which bear striking similarities to the palaces of the Renaissance architectural style, undoubtedly adding to the grandeur of the palace. The Afghanistan Sciences Academy, the highest scientific institution in Afghanistan, transformed this palace into a cultural site by converting it into a museum, aiming to preserve and safeguard the country’s cultural heritage. This historical building, registered as part of Kabul’s historical heritage, was renovated to serve as an Ethnographic Research Museum. The museum houses approximately two thousand historical relics collected from various provinces of Afghanistan and showcased. “The purpose of establishing this museum is to identify the artifacts, culture, and material remains from various provinces of the country,” said Khair Mohammad Walid, the head of the Ethnographic Research Museum. According to him, various types of weapons from former governments also exist in this museum. The Ethnographic Research Museum consists of four sections. The first section includes ethnographic artifacts such as clothing, jewelry, pottery, and military equipment. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.