Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, Kabul

Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, Kabul (must see)

The Mosque of the King of Two Swords, or thus the name of the mosque is translated, is a two-story yellow building, situated on the banks of the Kabul River. It was constructed in the 1920s during the reign of Amanullah Khan, whose rule was marked by dramatic political and social change in trying to modernize Afghanistan. The design of this mosque is quite unusual for Islamic religious architecture. Its Italian decorative stucco creates an interesting effect that some describe as ‘Afghan Baroque’. Next to Sah-Do Shamshira Mosque there is the burial place of an Arab commander who fell in battle when the Arabs entered Kabul at the end of the 7th century. He fought heroically with a sword in each hand and it is his name that is honored by this mosque today.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque on Map

Sight Name: Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque
Sight Location: Kabul, Afghanistan (See walking tours in Kabul)
Sight Type: Religious
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Set in a valley one mile above sea level, surrounded by mountains, Kabul, the capital and the largest city of Afghanistan, has been around for over 3,500 years, seeing many conquerors wanting to establish their presence in this valley due to its strategic location between Southern and Central Asia. Despite the ongoing military conflict in the country, today's Kabul is the fifth fastest...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles