Blue Mosque, Mazar-i-Sharif

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The most prominent city landmark, Blue Mosque amazes visitors with its turquoise domes and elegant Persian-style tile work. Sultan Husayn Mirza built the mosque in the 15th century on a spot once occupied by an earlier shrine, and, according to Afghan legend, on the site where Mohamed's son-in-law Ali was buried. The sanctity of the place is measured by thousands of white doves that nest in the lush garden surrounding the mosque. Locals believe that all doves--even those with colored spots--turn white if they stay near the mosque. Another legend has it that Zoroaster also lies buried here. Put Blue Mosque into our Mazar-i-Sharif online vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mazar-i-Sharif.
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  • I got the chance to visit here whilst working in Mazar for the U.N. the quality of the building for one so old is exceptional and the welcome given by the staff far exceeded that expected but underlin...  more »
  • The Blue Mosque, unique example of Islamic architecture, is equipped with a unique beauty that radiates to her around to your entire environment. It is the center of the city, around which she is confined. There is a large park around the mosque and further outside its perimeter and adjacent streets, is variegated and full Bazaar, where you can appreciate the reality of the population and their daily activities. Accessible to the central catafalque without problems, while maintaining the proper preventions of personal appearance and behavior. Social activity, both the mosque and its surroundings, is intense, particularly in Nowruz, to which I had the opportunity to attend just four days ago. It is also of stories and traditions, as that which says that if a dove binds to the large group of white doves which is on the South side for more than two hundred years, she also will be white. Or that another story, saying that whoever is on the catafalque is not Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, without the great Zoroastrian. Without a doubt, this is a singular point of the visit in the world.
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  • This is one of the most beautiful sites in Afghanistan. The sheer splendor and attention to detail is awe inspiring. If non-Muslim avoid prayer times out of respect. Otherwise, you will be allowed ent...  more »
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