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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  • Really pretty to take excellent but a little hot pictures in July more than 40 degrees but I'm not disappointed with my trip there the mountains are beautiful
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  • Some of the American reviews of this place are just plain wrong. This place was built about 400 years before America existed and represents the pinnacle of tiled decoration. The colours are incredible...  more »
  • If you come to Mazar-i-Sharif, you must go to the city's namesake - the Shrine of Ali, or the "Blue Mosque." Entrance is free and slightly guarded. The blue tiles of the mosque are the originals, put ...  more »

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