Sacred Place

Blue Mosque Harzat Ali ShrineΒ 

The Blue mosque of Mazar-i-Sharif
G. Hussain for Nomad's Land

Balkh β€’ Afghanistan β€’ 361 m

The Blue Mosque is the center of all the social and religious life of the city. It would be built on the tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib, relative and companion of the prophet Mohamed. The Sultan of the Seljuq dynasty, Ahmed Sanjar (1118-1157), built the first known shrine at this location. It was destroyed during the invasion of Genghis Khan around 1220. In the 15th century, Timurid Sultan Husayn Bayqarah Mirza built the current Blue Mosque here. The shrine is surrounding by Rawza parks.