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This is the 15th century Hazrat Ali mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. Throughout the centuries it has been restored a number of times.

Hazrat Ali is the most famous mosque in Afghanistan, attracting considerable numbers of pilgrims who revere it as the burial site of the Prophet's son in law Ali. A majority of the world's muslims believe that Ali is buried in Najaf in Iraq, but that doesn't diminish the attraction of Mazar-i-Sharif.

I took this photo in mid May 1973 during my second visit to Afghanistan. I was on my way home after spending many months in Asia, mainly in India. Going east in 1972 I travelled through the south of Afghanistan. Returning home I chose the northern route, which was a lot more interesting but also much tougher, because it involved travelling for several days in a virtually roadless part of a country.

Going through the central highlands was out of the question because of the almost total lack of roads.

You can see another view of Hazrat Ali from a sunnier day in a workshop. I have also showed this mosque several years ago, like this general view and this close-up.

Here is a larger version of today's upload.

These photos were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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