This is Afghanistan's Red City. This view
is from Shahr-i-Zohok (the "Red City") in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan.
Once a citadel that housed about 3,000 people, it was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th
century. The Mongol invaders also leveled the nearby city that the
fortress had protected and massacred all of its inhabitants (possibly
150,000) and animals. In memorial to the victims, the site is today known as Shahr-i-Gholghola (the
"City of Screams"). Click here
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