BLUE MOSQUE OF MAZARI SHARIF – Balkh
Shrine of Ali, as the Blue Mosque is Mazari Sharif is often called, is an impressive religious complex built in 15th century, which has for centuries been the landmark of this city. According to legends, the remains of fourth khalifa Ali were brought here on a white camel to be buried. This was done in to protect his remains from desecration by enemies.
The central part of this rectangular shrine is ziaratkhana where the remains of Ali are stored while the antechamber serves for prayers and meditation. The core of the mosque is then flanked by small rooms where important historical figures, such as Afghan rulers and imams, are buried. Polychrome tile mosaic from the 20thcentury covers all the exterior of the mosque.