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Blue Mosque
Mazar-e sharif - Steve Evans.jpg
Basic information
Location Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
Affiliation Sunni Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic

The Blue Mosque is a mosque located in the heart of Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

The Seljuq dynasty sultan Ahmed Sanjar rebuilt the first Blue Mosque at this location. It was destroyed by Genghis Khan in the invasion around 1220. It was rebuilt in the 15th century by Sultan Husayn Mirza Bayqarah

A site plan of the location made in the 1910s shows that there had earlier been a smaller walled precinct in the mosque, which was razed to create parklands later, although the portals to this precinct still remain as gateways for the shrine.[1]

Tombs of varying dimensions were added for a number of Afghan political and religious leaders over the years, which has led to the development of its current irregular dimensions. These include the square domed tomb of Amir Dost Muhammad, Wazir Akbar Khan and a similar structure for Amir Sher Ali and his family.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan". ArchNet. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

Coordinates: 36°42′30″N 67°06′40″E / 36.70833°N 67.11111°E / 36.70833; 67.11111