Thursday, March 3, 2016

Tomb of Ahmed Shah Abdali, Kandahar (1878-1880)


This photograph of the tomb of Aḥmad Shāh Durrānī (circa 1723–72) is from an album of rare historical photographs depicting people and places associated with the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Aḥmad Shāh Durrānī established the Durrani Empire (1747–1818) and is regarded as the father of the modern Afghan state. His repeated invasions of India greatly extended his domains. His ornate octagonal mausoleum topped by a dome sits in the center of Kandahar and is situated in the back of the Kirka Sharif (Mosque of the Sacred Cloak). The mosque was said to be the resting place of the cloak of the Prophet Muhammad, acquired by Aḥmad Shāh in the late-18th century.

Source: Library of Congress