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Herat, Afghanistan

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Herāt is in western Afghanistan, in the province also known as Herāt. It is situated in the valley of the Hari Rud, a river flowing from the mountains of central Afghanistan to the Kara-Kum Desert in Turkmenistan. Situated in a fertile area, Herāt was traditionally known for its wine. It is the third largest city of Afghanistan, with a population of 349,000 (2006 official estimate). Tājīks and/or Fārsīwāns form the majority of the city's population, followed by Pashtuns, Hazaras, Uzbeks and several other groups as small minorities. All the inhabitants of the city speak the Persian language, to show their unity among each other.

Herat is an ancient city with many historic buildings, although these have suffered damage in various military conflicts during the last few decades. The city is dominated by the remains of a citadel constructed under the rule of Alexander the Great. During the Middle Ages Herat became one of the important cities of Khorasan, and it was known as the Pearl of Khorasan.

Herāt is situated favourably on the ancient and historic trade routes of India, China, the Middle East, and Europe. The roads from Herāt to Iran, Turkmenistan, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar are still strategically important.

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Tea house
Tea house
Juma Masjid
Juma Masjid
Gadi, mud walls, and minars
Gadi, mud walls, and minars
Bala Hisar and pool
Bala Hisar and pool
Jama Masjid inside
Jama Masjid inside
Nawroz Ali and son
Nawroz Ali and son
Minars
Minars
Minars and Gadi
Minars and Gadi
Open bazaar
Open bazaar
Nawroz Ali
Nawroz Ali
Mr. Tobacco
Mr. Tobacco
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Abdul Ghafoor
Abdul Ghafoor
Abdul Ghafur
Abdul Ghafur
Abdul Ghafur's shop
Abdul Ghafur's shop
Herat
Herat
Jama Masjid and bazaar in back
Jama Masjid and bazaar in back
Back side of Jama Masjid
Back side of Jama Masjid
Side of Jama Masjid
Side of Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid - inside
Jama Masjid - inside
Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid
Minars
Minars
Nawroz Ali and friend
Nawroz Ali and friend
Nawroz Ali and son
Nawroz Ali and son
Nawroz Ali at his loom
Nawroz Ali at his loom
Nawroz Ali's  brother
Nawroz Ali's brother
Outskirts of town
Outskirts of town
Tank truck - Herat
Tank truck - Herat
Remains of city walls
Remains of city walls
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Herat
Three gents
Three gents
Three men drinking tea
Three men drinking tea
Three Amigos
Three Amigos
Herat
Herat
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