The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

The Bala Hissar of Kabul

Revealing a fortress - palace in Afghanistan

by Brigadier CW Woodburn

ISBN 978-090353035-4

The Bala Hissar, or "High Fort", of Kabul was for many centuries the seat of a ruler and played an essential part in state development in Afghanistan.  Fortified from perhaps the 6th Century, the fortress reached its peak under Mughal rulers in the 16th and 17th Centuries.  Its palace was rebuilt by an Afghan king in the late 18th Century and British troops were stationed in the fort during each of the 19th Century Anglo - Afghan wars.

This paper examines what can be learnt about the former structure of the Bala Hissar when it was still a great fortress - palace and then identifies the changes that were made in the later 19th Century.


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