'She stood mesmerised ... the blackened limestone domes of these colossal, square edifices testified to the passing of centuries, and despite the harmony of the architecture, they purveyed a sense of emptiness and desolation, which mirrored their purpose in a way that shocked.'
'She wandered along sandy paths under bougainvillaea-covered pergolas ...'
'...admiring the cold perfection of Islamic arches and elaborate stone balustrades.'
'...stopping for a moment to watch a couple of workmen high up on a domed roof, as confident as crows, no safety devices to hold them in place.'
'Inside they were empty except for a black basalt sarcophagus...'
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