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My latest upload was the last photo from my journey through Afghanistan in 1972. Today I only move a short distance from Herat to Mashhad, the major city in northeastern Iran, close to the Afghan border. This photo was taken the same day that I entered Afghanistan for the first time.

This is a view towards the Imam Reza shrine, a large complex containing the mausoleum of Imam Reza, the eight Imam of the Twelver Shiites, a branch of Shia Islam. A huge mosque, a library, a university and several other institutions are also found inside this complex, making Mashhad the second most important pilgrimage centre in Iran, second only to the city of Qom, south of Tehran.

With the assistance of a few local students I managed to enter the shrine. I was a bit disappointed that the visit was far too short, but when I tried to go back alone an hour later I was stopped by guards and politely told that this area was strictly off limits for me.

This photo shows the problems of taking pictures in busy streets. Suddenly someone could step in front of the camera. In pre-digital days, when films were expensive, it was not always possible to just take another photo. I was at the beginning of what would be a very long journey and could not afford to waste films.

In spite of the man walking too close, out of focus, I upload this photo just to show you the impressive building. Here is a larger version.

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