One-time capital of the Timurid empire and seat of learning and the arts, Herat has flourished throughout history as a rich city-state, and been repeatedly fought over. The city is as much Persian as it is Afghan, and wears an air of independence as the country's old cultural heart.Herat's place in history has often been overlooked in favour of Samarkand and Bukhara, but its inhabitants are proud of their past and...
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