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RE 086 — Christian Cemetery at Kabul

Bird's-eye view of the Christian cemetery at the western end of the Bemaru hill. Even 110 years later, in 1990, this graveyard still existed under the custody of the Roman Catholic priest at the Italian Embassy in Kabul. Some of the original British grave-stones could still be seen. In 2006-2007 the remaining epitaphs were re-arranged and identified by British ISAF soldiers. Photographs RE 125-130 show the graves of several British officers at the same cemetary.
[Album:] Cemetery at Kabul. [S&M List:] 2-48 Graveyard, Kabul.
  • Original:
    Chatham: Box No.: F 43, Album No.: 6/5, Page No.: 19
  • Collection Royal Engineers, Photo No. RE 115 shows the graveyard from NW.
  • Collection Cabul Defences, Photo. No. 21 C, the same picture: “Cemetery.”
  • Thackeray, E.T. (1881): Views of Kabul and Environs, pl. 24: identical photograph, “Graves of British Officers and Soldiers.”
  • Collection John Burke: JB 253 shows the same graveyard in spring 1880, before the construction of the enclosing wall.
  • L.W. Adamec (1985): Kabul and southeast Afghanistan, pp. 324-338: Kabul City.
  • Bucherer (July 1990): slides of British gravestones in the Kabul Christian cemetery.
  • Bucherer (March 2007): digital photographs of the renovated graves.
  • Schinasi, M. (2008): Kaboul 1773-1948, p. 180: description of the graveyard.
Image No.
RE 086
Collection
Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive 1878-1880 1878-1880
Series
RE 057-099, Kabul Photographs
Format
Albumen paper with gold toning, 180/235 mm, mounted on cardboard
Quality
good, background faded
Place, date
Kabul, summer 1880
Descriptors
  • 0101. Kabul City
  • 1.57 Pictures of Landscapes, Cities
  • 2.126 Kabul and SE-Afghanistan
  • 3.36 Death / Burial
  • 3.47 Judaism / Christianity
  • 3.829 Parks / Gardens
  • 4.364 Second A.-A. War (1878-1880)
  • 4.83 Military Installations, Buildings
  • Latitude / Longitude34.542575 / 69.173876
    Google Earth34°32'31" N / 69°10'28" E / 1810 m
    Survey of India MapSheet 38 (1917), Kabul: Sherpur, 2B 26

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