Archnet: The mysterious, ancient Nine Domes Mosque of Afghanistan

Masjid-i No Gunbad. Balkh, Afghanistan

Built in the first half of the ninth century, the No Gumbad Mosque to the southwest of Balkh is one of the oldest known monuments of Islam. Its modern name, No Gumbad, refers to the nine vaults or domes that covered the original structure.

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Archnet: The mysterious, ancient Nine Domes Mosque of Afghanistan
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Aga Khan Development Network in Afghanistan

NOH GUMBAD MOSQUE

Built between the early eight century and the first half of the ninth century CE, the Noh Gunbad Mosque is believed to be the oldest and most important early Islamic-era building in Afghanistan and possibly in the wider region.

Restoration of Noh Gunbad, Balkh restoration projects, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, Afghanistan. | AKDN / Simon Norfolk
AKTC projects in Balkh, Afghanistan: Restoration of Noh Gunbad, Balkh restoration projects, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, Afghanistan. | AKDN / Simon Norfolk

Source: http://www.akdn.org/where-we-work/central-asia/afghanistan/cultural-development/restoration-balkh

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From the past and for the future: safeguarding the cultural heritage of Afghanistan: Jam and Herat

From the past and for the future: safeguarding the cultural heritage of Afghanistan: Jam and Herat
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From the past and for the future: safeguarding the cultural heritage of Afghanistan: Jam and Herat

 

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