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  Kabul Caravan - Country Guide - Balkh
The Arabs called Balkh the "Mother of Cities" and the city became one of the great intellectual centres of early Islam, in part due to its Hellenic roots.
Despite a brief renaissance in the 15th century under the Timurids, Balkh was subsequently overshadowed by the expansion of nearby Mazar-e Sharif.
The ruins of ancient Balkh lie on the mainly on the north side of the town, and are unmissable in their scale.
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  Balkh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Today Balkh is a small town in the Province of Balkh, Afghanistan, about 20 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital, Mazar-e Sharif, and some 74 km (46 miles) south of the Amu Darya, the Oxus River of antiquity, of which a tributary formerly flowed past Balkh.
Balkh is now for the most part a mass of ruins, situated some 12 km from the right bank of the seasonally-flowing Balkh River, at an elevation of about 365 m (1,200 ft).
Because of a malaria outbreak during flood season at Balkh, the regional capital was shifted in the 1870s to Mazar-e Sharif.
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 BALKH - LoveToKnow Article on BALKH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Ibn-Haukal, an Arabian traveller of the 10th century, describes Balkh as built of clay, with ramparts and six gates, and extending half a parasang.
In 1220 Jenghiz Khan sacked Balkh, butchered its inhabitants and levelled all the buildings capable of defence, treatment to which it was again subjected in the I4th century by Timur.
Balkh formed the government of Aurangzeb in his youth.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /B/BA/BALKH.htm   (774 words)

 Balkh on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
In the early centuries AD, Balkh, a prominent center of Buddhism, was renowned for its Buddhist monasteries and stupas.
BALKH, AFGHANISTAN Taliban POW'S are her held in a small room in Balkh, Afghanistan, near Mazar-e-Sharif, December 4, 2001.
Taliban POW's are kept in a thick walled cell in Balkh, Afghanistan near Mazar-e-Sharif, December 4, 2001.
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