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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GAZARGAH

LOCATION: Herat

DESCRIPTION: A complex of buildings built and repaired from the Timurid period onwards. Among its features are 1) The Timurid shrine of Khwaja Abdulla Ansari (Sufi poet b. 1006 A.D.) decorated with tilework. Work began on this building in 1425. The courtyard has hundreds of headstones dating from many periods and a room in the north wall contains a superb black marble sarcophagus called the Haft Qalam (Seven Pens) dating from the reign of Sultan Husain Baiqara (1468-1506). 2) South of the entrance a pavilion built during the prime ministership of Mir Ali Sher Nawai (1472-1501) called the Khana Zarnegar (Pavillion Adorned with Gold) has an interior decorated with gold paintings on a lapis lazuli blue background and is still well preserved. 3) A 17th century duodecagonal building in the NW area of the site called the Namakhdan (Saltcellar) has arched balconies and overlooks a Timurid garden.

CONDITION: Well maintained

 

 

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