| Kabul | Qasr e Babojan

The residence of Hayatullah, the second son of Amir Habibullah, who served as a Governor and held ministerial posts during the reign of Amanullah Khan before being executed in 1929 by the rebel leader Bacha Saqao. Probably built in around 1911, the residence is now known as 'Qasr-e Bobojan' after Hayatullah's wife. It follows the neo-Classical style of other royal buildings of the time, such as Zain ul-Emorat built by Hayatullah's brother Nasrullah, now known as the Sedarat Palace. In a poor state of repair, Qasr-e Bobojan is now used by the Academy of Sciences and as an ethnographic museum, and its once-extensive gardens have been encroached upon.

Photos by Jolyon Leslie (c) 2016

South elevation of Qasr e Babojan Kabul with central pediment, 2005
North elevation of Qasr e Babojan, Kabul, 2004
Interior of reception room first floor, Qasr e Babojan, Kabul, 2004
Detail of moulded plaster ceiling recention room, Qasr e Babojan, Kabul, 2004
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