Silkroad travels by bicycle:
Afghanistan is not a tourist destination nowadays. But the traveller that has his trip well prepared in advance and is willing to melt into the local environment and speak some Dari will be richly rewarded with interesting encounters and great sights. The shrine of Hazrat Ali shown here gave rise of the town's name, Mazar-e Sharif - "Tomb of the Exalted". It is believed that the cousin of Prophet Mohammed is buried here. Genghis Khan destroyed the original shrine, the present Majid was built under a Timurid ruler in Herat and dates from the 15th c. Many of the tiles have been replaced since. Infidels cannot access the shrine. They let me in nevertheless. If you locate the mosque in "Map: View" you will also discover the rich city traffic !
Info: Wikipedia; B. Omrani et al. 2009, Afghanistan : A Companion and Guide. Odyssey Books, Hong Kong
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marabu61 (7211) 2014-02-02 8:44
One hears only the sad stories of war from Afghanistan but what hidden treasures it has, you show us beautifully with this scene from Mazar e Sharif. Like a scene from 1001 nights the mosque shines in its brilliant colors under a gorgeous sky. It looks so peaceful that one could forget about the atrocities of war happening there.
Truly a beautiful picture.
have a good sunday
lestans (16948) 2014-02-02 9:27
Beautiful place! What a pity that this country is One of the last for Tourism.
Blue color is every where in this picture, the Mosque looks gorgeous and the square looks very clean. Very nice picture
jimmj63 (2303) 2014-02-02 10:14
very good view of this fantastic and hidden building. This is a kingdom of blue: the sky and the turquoise roof
very well done
kasianowak (4578) 2014-02-02 11:12
Thank you for this insight into this little visited part of the world. Beautiful light and colours and great timing for the five people walking across the image.
federico (2167) 2014-02-02 12:01
hello dietrich, very nice architecture photo here, I didn't know that in mazar-e sharif there was such a beautyfull place, and all the best for your great bycicle journey, I too love bycicle travel it is definitely the best way to know places and yourself
worldcitizen (6405) 2014-02-02 12:44
I've seen photos of this shrine before, and it's certainly an architectural gem. The colors and intricate designs are wonderful, and so is the marble floor in front of it. I think this is the spot where there are often lots of white doves, right? Was the interior as impressive as the exterior? It's nice that some locals were also walking by when you captured this scene. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-02-02 12:50
This is not the sort of shot that we are used to seeing of Afghanistan. I must confess, I find it beautiful. The rich colours of the patterned tiles make the shrine eye-catching, whilst the domes perfectly reflect the colours of the sky.
The figures add human interest and scale to the photograph, whilst also revealing the texture of the tiles with their reflections.
My warm regards,
kwekwekan (1028) 2014-02-02 15:19
What a beautiful place! Great clear lighting conditions that make the shrine and surrounding grounds shine in all their splendor. The intricate details and colours of the architecture are also very well presented.
timecapturer (44311) 2014-02-03 2:45
a fascinating looking place and captured so beautifully. What an amazing tomb, so exquisitely detailed and a real sense of the scale and impact of this shrine. Stunning!
Have a good week - B.
holmertz (36365) 2014-02-16 7:27
I was here in 1973 and loved the mosque and its garden. I am glad to see it looking so fine and well kept in spite of the many bad years that have followed. This is a very good photo with fine colours and excellent clarity and a human presence looking exactly like 41 years ago. I am amazed and impressed by your way of travelling through Afghanistan in recent days. I would never consider that.
ACL1978 (7463) 2014-02-23 14:22
A real beauty here, Dietrich, and such a contrast with the typical image of Afghanistan. The walkway is so polished you can see reflections of the bright colors of the building in it - amazing! And of course the tone and brightness is wonderful, giving us a great look at this building's stunning mosaic detail. Beautiful work, thanks.