Afghanistan in Pictures: Mazar-i-Sharif



Located in northern Afghanistan near the border with Uzbekistan, Mazar-i-Sharif is one of the most important cities for Afghanis. In addition to its religious history, it’s also a significant economic center thanks to its place on the Silk Road and its proximity to natural gas fields. The city is known as one of Afghanistan’s safest regions, but foreign visitors are still discouraged from traveling here.

The Blue-Tiled Walls

The blue-tiled walls of the Hazrat Ali Shrine are one of the main attractions in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The Hazrat Ali Shrine is one of the main attractions in Mazar-i-Sharif. It is a popular place for pilgrims and tourists alike, who come to see the blue-tiled walls of the shrine and its ornate minarets. Hazrat Ali is one of the most important figures in Islam, revered by both Sunni and Shia Muslims for his piety and devotion to God.

The shrine was built between 1438 and 1530 after Ali’s death under Timurid rule when it was known as Bibi Shah Khatoon Mosque. It was later rebuilt during the reigns of Babur (1526 – 1530), Humayun (1530 – 1540), Akbar (1556 – 1605), and Jahangir (1605 – 1627). In 1906, when it became part of Afghanistan, it was renamed Masjid-e Imam as well as the Darul Aman palace complex which surrounds it today.

The Shrine’s Interior is a Mosaic of Ornate, Intricate Floral Designs

The shrine’s interior is a mosaic of ornate, intricate floral designs. The blue tiles are beautiful and were imported from Italy. They’re part of the Hazrat Ali Shrine’s interior design, which symbolizes love and devotion to the Prophet Muhammad.

The shrine’s architecture includes many elements that reflect this spiritual connection to God. The main hall contains four pillars made of marble and decorated with gold leaf, while the walls have windows built into them so that you can see out while also allowing light in!

The Minarets are Visible from Far Away

The minarets of the Blue Mosque are visible from far away. They rise above the city and they stand out, even when you’re looking at them from a distance. This is an important feature of architecture, especially religious architecture. The Blue Mosque is not just a place where people can meet to pray, it’s also an important landmark that can be seen from many places in the city.

This is one reason why all mosques have tall towers or spires that rise above their roofs so they can serve as landmarks for travelers and worshippers alike.

Visitors Come to Reflect and Pray

Visitors come to the shrine to reflect on their life and the future.

They pray for themselves, or for those they love. Many people walk around the shrine, praying and crying. Others sit in quiet reflection.

Some touch the tomb where Babur is buried to ask him for help (or simply because they believe it will bring them luck).


The Shrine has Rich Religious History

It’s believed that Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammed, is buried here in a crypt beneath the mosque.

If you visit the Shrine of Hazrat Ali, you’ll notice that worshippers are bowing to a white-marbled tomb on which is written “Ali.” The shrine has a rich religious history; it is believed that Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammed, is buried here in a crypt beneath the mosque. He’s known as “the Master of all Believers” and many Afghanis consider him their spiritual leader.

 A Pilgrimage to Mecca

The shrine is a holy site for many Afghans, who come to the mosque for prayer, reflection, and meditation. It is also a place that many people visit before beginning a pilgrimage to Mecca. People perform their prayers here before starting their journey with hopes that the shrine will bring them good fortune along the way.

Many people come here to pray for good fortune before beginning their pilgrimage to Mecca. They believe that performing prayer at this site will help them have a safe journey and arrive safely in Mecca with minimal difficulty or delay.

This shrine was built by Hazrat Ali during his lifetime as part of his dream of building a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, where he would eventually be buried after dying in battle against Muawiyah in Kufa in 661 CE (11 AH). The current structure was rebuilt after an earthquake destroyed it sometime between 1386 AD and 1396 AD (703 AH). Although there are no original ruins left standing today because they were destroyed by various earthquakes over time, several additions were made throughout history including one recent addition: two minarets which were built during King Amanullah Khan’s reign over Afghanistan between 1919 AD and 1929 AD (1308 AH).

Mazar-i-Sharif is a Holy Place for Many Afghanis

Mazar-i-Sharif is a holy place for many Afghanis. It is the city that holds the shrine of Hazrat Ali, one of the most revered figures in Islam. The Blue Mosque, as it is called, draws pilgrims from all over Afghanistan and beyond to worship at this site.

When entering the Blue Mosque you are immediately struck by its opulence: chandeliers hang from above and the walls are covered with intricate murals depicting stories from Islamic history. Visitors sit on intricately tiled floors or plush pillows as they listen to prayers recited by imams who speak into microphones attached to amplifiers at either end of each row. These amplified sounds fill every corner of this vast space so that everyone can hear them no matter where they sit or stand within it and visitors come here not just because they want blessings but also because they want their prayers answered by God himself!


Mazar-i-Sharif is one of the most important religious sites in Afghanistan and draws many pilgrims each year. The city is also known for its rich history and complex culture, as can be seen from the intricate architecture of the Hazrat Ali Shrine. If you’re looking to explore more of what this country has to offer, check out our other blog posts on Afghanistan’s landmarks!