The tile work here at the Friday Mosque in #Herat
is some of the most impressive I’ve seen.
was originally built by the Ghorid ruler Sultan Ghiyath al-Din Ghori in 1200AD on a site where two Zoroastrian fire temples once sat that were destroyed by an earthquake.
By 1221 Genghis Khan conquered the area and the mosque fell to ruin. A rebuilding of the mosque was undertaken in 1306 but was reduced to ruin yet again by an earthquake in 1364. In the 1400’s the mosque was yet again rebuilt, but this time including gardens and a new building but continued wars over the years had badly damaged the buildings.
In the 1940’s a program was launched to rebuild sections of and restore the mosque as well as the minarets of Herat and the Minaret of Jam in the neighboring province of Ghor. Part of the program included a tile-making workshop.
Inside the tile-making workshop artisans work to create intricate mosaics of tiles that are used for the ongoing restoration process. Their mosaic styles are based from the Timirid-era designs that adorned the mosque at one point but with their own artistic flair.
I’m really excited to be headed back here in March to see more of the country with @inertianetwork
There are a couple spots left on that trip, so anyone who is interested can click the link in my bio to find out more or join the trip.
#afghanistanyouneversee #afghan #afghanistan
🇦🇫 #centralasia #greatmosque #fridaymosque #افغانستان #هرات