Famous Mosque in Afghanistan
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|Blue Mosque in Afghanistan
The `Blue Mosque` of Mazar-I-Sharif is largest city of Afghanistan, It is the capital of Balkh province and is linked by roads to Kunduz in the east, Kabul in the south-east, Herat to the west and Uzbekistan to the north. The city is a major tourist attraction because of its famous shrines as well as the Muslim and Hellenistic archeological sites.
The `Blue Mosque` of Mazar-I-Sharif, in north-west of Afghanistan, is one of the most exquisite places of worship in the Islamic world.
It is also an important place of Muslim pilgrimage, especially for Shi`ite Muslims, who believe the mosque houses the tomb of Ali bin Talib, the son- in-law of the Prophet whom they consider the Fourth Caliph. Other historical references claim that Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism is buried here. In the 12th century, the Seljuk sultan Ahmed Sanjar ordered a shrine erected on the sacred site and to escape Mongol raids it was covered with earth, remaining lost, until re-discovered during the rebuilding of the mosque in the 15th century.
Attributed to both Sunni and Shi`a artisans, Mazar-I-Sharif is an outstanding example of classic Islamic architecture, every inch covered with gleaming cobalt blue and turquoise tiles inscribed with verses from the Qur`an. Local legend credits it with the mystical power to turn white any dove alighting in its courtyard.
The mosque escaped the Russian occupation of Afghanistan in the late 1970`s and has survived the destructive Taliban era. Both Mazar-I-Sharif and the ancient city of Balkh, 9 km, are outstanding cultural attractions but few visitors, save devout Muslim and a few Zoroastrian pilgrims attempt the hazardous 5-hour road journey from Kabul.
|Friday Mosque (Jumah Mosque) in Afghanistan
||Friday Mosque (Jumah Mosque)
Herat’s Friday Mosque is Afghanistan’s finest Islamic building Over 800 hundred years old and one of the greatest in Central Asia. A master class in the art of tile mosaic, its beautiful bright colours and intricate detailing are an exuberant hymn in praise of Allah. Most visitors enter the mosque via the park on its eastern side, which leads up to a huge and richly tiled façade.
The main entrance corridors are to either side of this, but they are frequently locked outside the main prayer hours, forcing visitors to gain access to the mosque proper via the small street entrance on its northern wall. This is actually a more atmospheric choice, as the cool dark of the entrance corridor suddenly gives way to a bright sunburst of colour as you enter the main courtyard. Don’t forget to remove your shoes at this point. The mosque(Masjid) is laid out in a classical plan of four iwans (barrel-vaulted halls) with arcaded walls around a central courtyard nearly 100m long. There are two huge minarets flank the main iwan.
Every square centre is covered in breathtaking mosaic, surrounded by blue bands of Quranic script. Only the simple whitewash of the iwans adds a note of modesty. The minarets, with their repeated bands of stylised flowers, arabesques and geometric patterns are simply dizzying. The mosque was laid out by the Ghorid Sultan Ghiyasuddin in 1200.
it would have had quite a different appearance, as the Ghorids preferred plain brick and stucco decoration. The Timurids restored the mosque in the 15th century and introduced the bright mosaic, but by the early 20th century so much of this had been lost that visitors remarked on the mosque’s dullness. The lavish tiling that now covers the mosque is the product of the mosque’s tile workshop, an ongoing restoration project since the 1940s. While many of the mosaics are based on Timurid originals, the workshop has also introduced its own designs, colours and calligraphy.
This traditional-meets-modern approach has led to the creation one of the gems of contemporary Islamic abstract expressionism. The workshop is in a courtyard to the left of the main portal entrance in the garden – ask to visit it at the small office of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, just inside. The courtyard also contains one of the few remnants of the original Ghorid decoration, overlaid with Timurid tiling – a demonstration of the continuum of artistic styles that the mosque has witnessed. The craftsmen are normally happy to show off their work, from glazing the raw tiles to laying out the intricate mosaics. It’s normally not a problem to take photos in the mosque, but this should be avoided during prayer times.
Early morning is the best time to visit to catch the light on the tiles. Donations for the mosque’s upkeep can be placed in the ceremonial bronze cauldron in the eastern arcade.
|List of Mosques in Afghanistan
|Shrine of the Cloak:
Friday Mosque of Herat:
Mosque of Mulai Idris :
Abdul Rahman Mosque:
Green Mosque (Balkh)
Id Gah Mosque:
Khwaja 'Abd Allah Ansari shrine:
Lashkar Gah Mosque:
Pul-e Khishti Mosque:
Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque:
Shrine of Hazrat Ali:
|Located in Kandahar
Located in Herat
Located in Fez
Located in "Kabul