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The Old City of Ghazni
The Old City of Ghazni
Country  Afghanistan
Province Ghazni Province
2,219 m (7,280 ft)
 • City 270,000
 • Urban
Time zone UTC+4:30

Ghazni (Persian/Pashto: غزنی - Ġaznī; historically known as غزنین / Ġaznīn and غزنه / Ġazna) is a city in central-east Afghanistan. It is the capital of Ghazni Province.

Just like other cities of Afghanistan, Ghazni is very old and has seen many military invasions.



The city has a number of public schools.


Ghazni City is located in an area of extreme drought. In 2007, one of the gates on a fifty-year-old dam on the Jikhai River broke. This worried the people of Ghazni city about the water supply. The dam serves as a good source of irrigation water to Ghazni City and the surrounding agricultural areas. Nearby rivers have a history of flooding and causing severe damage and death, though efforts have begun to fix this.

Notables from Ghazni

  • Sadiq Ali Khan Tanoli (sons named Feroz Khan, Sanjay Khan, Akbar Khan (director), Indian film actors,
  • Hajweri Ghaznawi
  • Mahmud of Ghazni
  • Sanai
  • Hassan Ghaznavi
  • Faiz Muhammad Katib Hazara
  • Farrukhi Sistani, Manuchehri Damaghani, Abul-fazl Bayhaqi (royal poets and writers who lived during the Ghaznavids period)

Points of interest

  • Citadel
  • Minarets of Ghazni
  • Palace of Sultan Mas'ud III
  • Tomb of Sebuktigin
  • Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud
  • Mausoleum of Sanai
  • Museum of Islamic Art
  • Tapa Sardar Excavations

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