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Farah
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" SHAH DO SHAMSHIRA MOSQUE",


LOCATION: In Kabul.
 

DESCRIPTION: " The large two-storied mosque across the river from Timur Shah's mausoleum stands on the site of a mosque originally dedicated in 1544. The present building was commissioned by King Amanullah's mother.

Its name, meaning the Mosque of the King of Two Swords, relates to an early legend concerning the arrival of Islam in Kabul. Here, it is said, an early Islamic commader fell in a heroic battle against Hindu forces protecting Kabul's holiest Hindu temple. He led the battle wielding a sword in each hand although he had already lost his head in the vicinity of the Bala Hissar. He was buried on the site of the Hindu temple and his tomb, now an important ziarat (shrine) in Kabul, is located across the street from the mosque, its doorway decorated with ibex horns. A large pigeon tower stands by the entrance. Flocks of pigeons such as this are an attactive feature of many shrines throughout Afghanistan."

From Dupree, N. H. An Historical guide to Afghanistan. Kabul. 1977. p. 86.


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