SPACH Photo Catalogue of Major Priority Sites and Monuments:

Provinces:

Badakhshan Badghis
Baghlan
Balkh
Bamyan
Farah
Faryab
Ghazni
Ghor
Herat
Helmand
Jawzjan
Kabul
Kandahar
Kapisa
Khost
Kunar
Kunduz
Laghman
Logar
Nangarhar
Nimroz
Nuristan
Paktika
Paktya
Parwan
Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
Wardak
Zabu
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CHIST-E SHARIF,

LOCATION: In Herat Province. 17 km to the Est of Obeh, in the valley of Tagau Chisht. In the road from Herat to Chakhcharan

DATE: Ghorid, 12th century (Architecture)

DESCRIPTION: Two buildings stand in the middle of an extensive graveyard. … experts argue as to the purpose of these buildings. Some speak of them as mausoleum. Others see them as parts of a grand complex of buildings, a madrassa (religious school), perhaps, with its mosque. The mutilated molded terracotta brick decoration can only speak softly of their former magnificence. The dome to the east bears a Kufic inscription in which the shafts of the script are purposefully bent in order to create a regular series of squares along the top which are filled with floral arabesques. The inscription is bordered by a plain, yet nevertheless complicated, meandering braid. Inside, the south arch is decorated with a band of interlacing polygons; the north arch with a stylized floral band.
The western building has a more ornate and monumental façade consisting of a triple band of geometrics beside the doorway; next to it there is a columned and arched recess composed of two square panels filled with interlaced polygons banded by a simple braid, and a rectangular panel containing a cursive inscription with flowers scattered on the background. This decorative style has led some scholars to conjecture that this building may be earlier than the one to the east. Inside, there is a stucco Kufic inscription running across the tops of the pointed arches in the iwans. Here the “brambly” style found in one panel in the mosque at Herat has been used.”

CONDITION:

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