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Swat Valley Mosque


The northern frontier valleys of Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan (also called Nuristan) share a love of wood working. Large walnut and other hard wood trees are plentiful. Wood carvers shape beds, chairs, wooden bowls, and other furniture. The Swat Valley and nearby Chitral Valley also share the legacy of hosting Alexander the Great, who arrived and loitered in these valleys with his Greek troops more than 2,000 years ago. This column of wood bears some resemblance to the capitals in a Greek marble column.

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