Afghanistan 2012: Day 16 cont: Mazar e Sharif, Hazrat Ali Shrine

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Hazrat Ali Shrine Mazar e Sherif

We walked down the dusty, busy main road to Hazrat Ali Shrine (the Blue Mosque). This is one of the holiest sites in Afghanistan, built on the alleged site of original 6661 AD tomb and dating from the 12th century (but the tiles were replaced in the 19th century).

 

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Hazrat Ali Shrine Mazar e Sherif

 

Again we were the source of great interest and most people stopped and stared at us. NGOs are not allowed to walk in the streets here so most people wouldn’t have seen many foreigners close up.

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of N

A student from Kabul stopped to talk to us, welcomed us and wished us a safe journey before engaging in a bit of political debate. The discussion on the withdrawal of western troops ended amicably but we were aware that it wasn’t the most sensible place to engage with such a sensitive topic.

It was supposed to be free to visit the mosque grounds but we were called into a small building and told that we had to pay 250 Afghani each, which we didn’t mind because it matched the price on the newly printed tickets.

Hazrat Ali Shrine Mazar e Sherif

Hazrat Ali Shrine Mazar e Sherif

Local legend says that any pigeon who flies into the area around the shrine turns white.

 

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