shabestan

Masjed-Jameh (mosque) of Herat city, western Afghanistan. The photo shows one of the columns of western Shabestan. Shabestan (=nightland) is part of a mosque for sleeping or nocturnal prayers. Despite of three decades of war in Afghanistan, the historical heritage of Herat, especially this mosque, has survived and looks still the same as on this photo from 1970

1970 Herat Mosque. Herat, Afghanistan