These images depict the four remaining minarets of Herat’s, Afghanistan’s westernmost city, madrasa of Husain Baiqara, built by Sultan Baiqara in the fifteenth century. Once richly decorated in bright mosaic tiles and towering over 100 feet above the city, the minarets were added to the huge complex constructed by Empress Gawhar Shad in the fourteenth century.
During the occupation of Afghanistan, the area was laid with anti-personel mines. The HALO Trust in conjunction with the United Nations Mine Action for Afghanistan and the Ministry of Information and Culture partnered with UNESCO to clear the landmines.
The minarets are precariously balanced, so there are parts of the site that can’t be cleared until more archaeological work takes place. The HALO trust have marked the dangerous areas and will clear these once they have been fully investigated.
The first two photos in the sliders submitted by UNESCO and the last 3 photos submitted by The HALO trust
The HALO trust can be found at – https://www.halotrust.org