© 2010 BH Neely for US Dept of State
In late August of 2010, I accompanied Rashad Hussain, the President’s Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Countries, to Mazar-e-Sharif. One thing that stood out for me was our visit to the Blue Mosque. It’s simply a stunningly beautiful building, inside and out. The exterior is covered with predominantly blue ceramic tiles, while the interior domes are more multi-hued. It was built as a shrine to Hazrat Ali, cousin & son-in-law to Mohammad. It may also be his tomb, though that is one of the bones of contention between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Yesterday’s Post: Portrait of a Phobia
Tomorrow’s Post: Darulaman Palace