Afghanistan Seeks to Preserve Minarets

Afghanistan hopes to turn a collection of medieval minarets into a world heritage site. About 600 years ago a dozen Islamic towers shone with bright tiles outside the ancient city of Heart, in northwestern Afghanistan. They survived decades of war. But they may not survive the peace. Cultural authorities say a road running through is shaking the ground so much, that the minarets are in danger of falling over.

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Afghanistan hopes to turn a collection of mediaeval minarets into a world heritage site. Six hundred years ago a dozen Islamic towers shone with bright tiles outside the ancient city of Herat. Only five minarets, mostly bare and brown, survived decades of war there, but they may not survive the peace. Cultural authorities say a road running through is shaking the ground so much that the minarets are in danger of falling over.

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