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When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan more than two decades ago, its militant members made international headlines for smashing artifacts inside the National Museum that the group determined to be offensive to Islam.

Nowadays, the Taliban is in charge once again — but it’s taking a much different approach to the museum.

Visitors can expect to see armed Taliban guards stationed outside of the building. In order to gain entry, individuals must be searched and cleared of any threat to the statues and other items contained therein.

Much of the jewelry, pottery, and other artifacts on display are thousands of years old and demonstrate a rich and beautiful history of the Middle Eastern nation.

As State Department specialist Laura Tedesco explained: “The National Museum of Afghanistan was, once upon a time, the finest museum in Central Asia, and that is not an exaggeration.”

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, however, fighting among the region’s sects led to widespread damage. In the years since then, Tedesco noted, there has been a major effort to renovate the museum and repair its priceless contents.

“The diversity of culture evidenced in those artifacts is unique to Afghanistan because it was this cultural crossroads, and armies and thinkers and religious and influences crisscrossed [it].”

Chris Agee
Chris Agee September 3rd, 2022
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