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Turkmen delegation visits Qala-e-Ikhtiaruddin, official

HERAT: A Turkmen delegation accompa nied by the Director of the Information and Culture Department of the country’s western province of Herat, Mawlavi Ahmadullah Muttaqi, visited the Qala-e-Ikhtiaruddin, the department said in a statement Tuesday. Director of the Provincial Information and Culture Department Mawlavi Ahmadullah Muttaqi said that the number of foreign tourists visiting the historical sites and places of the province has increased and is expected to see more tourists from Turkmenistan as well, according to the statement. The Turkmen delegation said that they would convey the message of the people of Herat to the Turkmenistan officials and encourage them to reconstruct the historical sites in the province. The castle, which is attributed to Alexander the Great and is known as the Citadel of Herat or the” Qala-e-Ikhtiaruddin”, is a very valuable ancient monument. This historic site has been destroyed several times by civil war and natural disasters but has been rebuilt by a number of institutions. The historical Herat Citadel has two parts, west and east. The harem of kings is located in the eastern part and the lower castle is in the western part of the military base. The area of this historic citadel is 5,000 square meters and has 21 towers. The lower castle, which is more prosperous than the upper castle, has 105 gutters, all of which are made of pottery and are very basic and strong. The Qala’s length is 250 meters and its width in some parts reaches 70 meters. The mosque is another beauty of this historical castle, so its length is 12 meters from the inside, its width is 2.5, and the thickness of the walls is 1.5 meters. The castle is located on a high hill in the northern part of the city between Qutbichaq and Bardaraniha neighborhoods. Some historians also consider this castle to be a remnant of the city of Artaguana (modernday Herat), which has been destroyed over time. One of the reasons why this castle is known as Qala-e-Ikhtiaruddin is that in 705 AH, during the dynasty of Crete, a person named King Fakhruddin rebuilt the castle and thanks to the services of Ikhtiaruddin who helped in this way, this castle Named after him. This historical place, when Amir Timur Gurkhani conquered Herat in 785 AH, created a distance between the castle wall and the main wall of the city to protect this building from existing threats. Amanullah

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.