This influence continued for centuries and one of the country's most impressive
structures has many similarities: the Shrine of Hazrat Ali (or the Blue Mosque)
in Mazar-i-Sharif. This location has been home to shrines and mosques for over a
thousand years, but the shrine today owns its form and structure to the 1400s and
much of its decoration to the 1900s and 2000s.
Sadly, little else has been built in Afghanistan that
today is still standing and is worthy of mention. Falling under numerous foreign
rulers the region never received great wealth, influence, or money to build large
and lasting monuments. Only the city of Kabul has added a great number of structures
in recent centuries.
Kabul is home to numerous ruins and buildings of note, from Mughal Emperor Babur's
tomb to the Id Gah Mosque (1893). There are also a number of mosques, bazaars, and
historic neighborhoods that are more symbolic of the country's architecture.
After the overthrow of the Taliban government in 2001, there has been little built
of note although the country is slowly gaining some modern and post-modern buildings,
particularly in the capital of Kabul.