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Farah
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Samangan
Sari Pul
Takhar
Uruzgan
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QALA-I-HAJI SAHIB,

LOCATION: In Kabul, 25 km to the north of Kabul


DESCRIPTION:
”One of Afghanistan’s more respected 18th century Sufi mystics taught and wrote in a tiny hamlet lying north of Kabul where one may visit his large mausoleum and a mosque uniquely decorated with bright wall-paintings”…”The domes of Qala-i-Hajib Sahib loom in the distance a kilometre on the right. Sparse tile work on the spandrels of the mehrab  projecting from the west wall and yellow and white painted decoration on the corner pillars give little hint of what awaits inside. The complex consists of an enclosed winter mosque on the south, a large mosque in the center, and the octagonal, domed mausoleum on the north. A screen of open-work brick sets off the two side buildings from an extensive courtyard planted with trees and traversed by a canal carrying crystal clear water from a karez. The walls of the forecourt and the interior of the central mosque are completely painted with a wealth of floral designs arranged in panels and recessed niches with pointed, scalloped arches. Small rectangular niches to hold flickering oil lamps flank the main doorway. The most spectacular designs consist of flowering bushes and vases of flowers with pomegranates or bowls of fruit and cucumbers beside them”… “The domes have fallen, rain has splashed them and brought down mud from the broken superstructures, snow has piled high against them, but the colours, predominately red and orange, remain vivid and remarkably clear despite such neglect.”

From Dupree,N.H. An Historical Guide to Afghanistan, Kabul, 1977, p. 123


CONDITION:

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