2012
05.24

SYNOPSIS:  ABOUT THE JAMI MOSQUE, A FAILED VISIT TO THE CITADEL, A DISCOVERY AT THE CISTERN AND LIFE AT THE BAZAAR.

Herat has one of the most complete and most beautiful shrines in Afghanistan, the 12th century Masjid-e-Jami, or Friday Mosque.  It is in style and layout very similar to the shrines of Uzbekistan and Iran:  Pishtaks, court yards, minarets, and beautiful tiling.   No wonder, as it was heavily restored in the 15th Century Timurid Period.  You just can’t get away from Timur, it seems!  We got up at 6 AM to see it at the early morning hour and at the best light.  It was great.  Hardly any people at this hour either.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY