Postcard #5: The Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan



Here is another amazing, unique, gorgeous and hard-to-find postcard from a hard-to-find country Afghanistan. Afghanistan is located in the North-West of my beloved country Pakistan. Because of the decades long fighting in the country, millions of Afghans have migrated to Pakistan and most of the country has turned to ruins.  There are hardly any collectors or swappers left in the country.

The Afghanistan postcard features the beautiful "Great Mosque of Herat" or "Friday Mosque of Herat". Herat is a city located in Western Afghanistan and because of its fertile land, Herat is traditionally known for its wine. Its is the 2nd largest city of Afghanistan after Kabul. The city of Herat was also sumbitted as one of the properties on the tentative list for registeration as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

The back of the above Afghanistan postcard shows that the postcard was published in 2001 by Afghan Art & Culture Saloon (AACS) in Kabul, Afghanistan. It is my first postcard from Afghanistan on the blog. I have some others as well including a beautiful Afghan postcard of a Buddha Statue in Bamiyan Valley, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. I will soon be sharing that postcard as well with you. If any of you want any Afghanistan Postcards for their collection, I can give it a try to find some for them. "Which one" remains an answered question till the time when any of you need it. ;)


Does anyone of you want a postcard from Afghanistan for your collection???


The construction work on the present Great Mosque of Herat was started initially by Ghurid ruler Ghiyath al-Din Muhammad b. Sam in 1200AD and afterwards completed by his successor and brother Shihab al-Din. In 13th century Cengiz Khan pillaged the province and the building fell to ruin. Rebuilding and renovations work/ programs were undertaken by the Kart rulers in 1306AD and again after the devastating earthquake in 1364AD.  It was repeatedly repaired, renovated by various rulers until a new mosque was built in Herat and the importance of the old mosque was over-shadowed. Little was left of the "Great Mosque of Herat" by the mid of twentieth century when a major reconstruction and renovation work was carried out after 1945AD. The mosque was expanded and decorated in its present shape. 

I hope that I have done some justice with this beautiful piece of architecture by searching hard and adding the above details about it.

Comments

architectural delight :) would be very glad to receive a postcard from Afghanistan. I can trade one fom the coastal State of Goa in India. email me on hellobasil@gmail.com
yiphinwai said…
Beautiful postcard from hard to find place, Afghanistan and also previously, Liberia.
How do you can it? Is it stamped and written.
Cheema said…
Hi!
Thanks for commenting here.
Both the postcards - from Afghanistan & from Liberia, are not stamped and written but are unused in mail.
I got the Liberian postcards from a cousin who was working in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia. I have 3 different postcards of Liberia.
I received the Afghanistan post cards from a friend who was visiting Afghanistan for some time. I have about 10 different postcards of Afghanistan and some duplicates as well. I can post a postcard from Afghanistan with Pakistani stamps (through Pakistan Post) if some one makes a very good offer to me.