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AEE 005 — Die Mittags-Kanone 'top'

|AEE 005-1|

Auf dem westlichen Ausläufer des koh-e sher darwaza, nördlich des bagh-e Babur, liegt eine früher befestigte Bastion. Von hier wurde bis 1979 jeden Tag um 12:00 Uhr ein Schuss abgefeuert, mit dem der ganzen Stadt die genaue Zeit für das Mittagsgebet verkündet wurde.
On top of the western spur of the koh-e sher darwaza stands a former fortified bastion. Up to 1979, one of the two old guns standing here was fired every day exactly at noon to indicate the correct prayer time to the people up to 1979.

[Liste der Negative:] 15-021 bis 15-025 – Kabul, Balahissar: Der «Tob» (=Kanone). / Aussicht vom Balahissar [sic!]

  • AEE 004-1 zeigt die Bastion der Mittags-Kanone vom bagh-e Babur aus gesehen.
  • N.H. Dupree (1977): An historical guide to Afghanistan, p. 89: “Two old cannon which used to boom forth at twelve noon every day sit on a high promontory above the gardens. A motorable road to the cannon runs up behind the walls enclosing Babur’s Gardens, but it is hazardous and one should proceed with caution, preferably in a small car. The view, once arrived, is magnificent. The guns were manufactured in the mashin-khana (armory and factories) established by Amir Abdur Rahman on April 7th, 1887. The tin roof of the mashin-khana, still functioning, may be seen by the side of the Kabul River, looking east towards the center of the town.” (see AEE 005-4 and AEE 005-5)
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AEE 005
Albert E. Engler 1939-1944
AEE 001-032, Historische Gebäude in Kabul
Negativ, Film 43/56 mm; Neue Abzüge 125/175 mm
gut, körnig, starker Kontrast
Place, date
Kabul, 1939-1944
  • 0101. Kabul City
  • 1.57 Pictures of Landscapes, Cities
  • 4.374 King Zaher Shah (1933-1973)
  • Latitude / Longitude34.505660 / 69.158600
    Google Earth34°30'20.4"N / 69°09'31.0"E / 1'880 m

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