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Kipchak Grand Mosque - Türkmenbaşyň Ruhy Metjidi

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The Kipchak Grand Mosque, on a flat open plain west of Ashgabat
The Kipchak Grand Mosque, on a flat open plain west of Ashgabat
The Kipchak Grand Mosque is also known as the Türkmenbaşyň Ruhy Metjidi
The Kipchak Grand Mosque is also known as the Türkmenbaşyň Ruhy Metjidi
The mosque was built on the site where President Niyazov's mother was killed during the devastating earthquake of 1948
The mosque was built on the site where President Niyazov's mother was killed during the devastating earthquake of 1948
The Kipchak Grand Mosque was completed in 2001
The Kipchak Grand Mosque was completed in 2001
Workers on the roof polishing the dome of the Kipchak Grand Mosque
Workers on the roof polishing the dome of the Kipchak Grand Mosque
...not real gold apparently...
...not real gold apparently...
The four minarets are each 91m tall - Turkmenistan achieved independence in 1991
The four minarets are each 91m tall - Turkmenistan achieved independence in 1991
Square in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Square in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Kipchak Grand Mosque
Kipchak Grand Mosque
Fountains in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Fountains in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Fountains in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Fountains in front of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi
Approaching the Türkmenbashi Ruhy Metjidi
Approaching the Türkmenbashi Ruhy Metjidi
Octagonal dome and minaret
Octagonal dome and minaret
Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi - Allanyň Öŭi Her Bir Türkmen Bendesine Açykdyr
Turkmenbashy Ruhy Metjidi - Allanyň Öŭi Her Bir Türkmen Bendesine Açykdyr
Ruhnama Mukaddes Kitapdyr - Gurhan Allanyň Kitaby
Ruhnama Mukaddes Kitapdyr - Gurhan Allanyň Kitaby
Rathern than Koranic inscriptions, quotes from the Ruhnama
Rathern than Koranic inscriptions, quotes from the Ruhnama
Gallery surrounding the 8-sided mosque
Gallery surrounding the 8-sided mosque
Inscription at the Kipchak Grand Mosque
Inscription at the Kipchak Grand Mosque
Gate and minaret, Kipchak Grand Mosque
Gate and minaret, Kipchak Grand Mosque
All over the inside and outside of the mosque are quotes from President Niyazov's book, the Ruhnama, rather than the Koran
All over the inside and outside of the mosque are quotes from President Niyazov's book, the Ruhnama, rather than the Koran
Entrance to the Prayer Hall
Entrance to the Prayer Hall
Unfortunately no photos inside
Unfortunately no photos inside
Detail of the door
Detail of the door
Arcade around the main prayer hall, Kipchak Grand Mosque
Arcade around the main prayer hall, Kipchak Grand Mosque
Kipchak Grand Mosque
Kipchak Grand Mosque
Another door to the 8-sided prayer hall
Another door to the 8-sided prayer hall
Detail of the door to the Kipchak Grand Mosque
Detail of the door to the Kipchak Grand Mosque
One of the four 91m minarets
One of the four 91m minarets
The Ruhnama is a Holy Book. The Koran is Allah's Book
"The Ruhnama is a Holy Book. The Koran is Allah's Book"
Quotes from the Ruhnama - surely sacrilege
Quotes from the Ruhnama - surely sacrilege
Marble-clad minaret with quotes from the Ruhnama
Marble-clad minaret with quotes from the Ruhnama
The Mausoleum of Türkmenbashy through one of the archways of the Grand Mosque
The Mausoleum of Türkmenbashy through one of the archways of the Grand Mosque
The guards annoying prevented me, the only visitor, from circling around to the other side of the mosque for better lighting
The guards annoying prevented me, the only visitor, from circling around to the other side of the mosque for better lighting
The Mausoleum of Türkmenbashy
The Mausoleum of Türkmenbashy
President Niyzov is buried next to Kipchak Mosque with his mother and brothers who were killed in the 1948 earthquake
President Niyzov is buried next to Kipchak Mosque with his mother and brothers who were killed in the 1948 earthquake
Türkmenbashy died in December 2006
Türkmenbashy died in December 2006
Surprisingly, Türkmenbashy didn't have himself encased in glass in the style of his role model Kim Il Sung
Surprisingly, Türkmenbashy didn't have himself encased in glass in the style of his role model Kim Il Sung
See Inside the Mausoleum
See Inside the Mausoleum
Wedding party on the move
Wedding party on the move
Car decorated for a Turkmen wedding
Car decorated for a Turkmen wedding
Golden statue of President Niyazov
Golden statue of President Niyazov
Turkmenbashy statue in a park near the Kipchak Mosque
Turkmenbashy statue in a park near the Kipchak Mosque
In the tradition of wedding parties all over the former USSR, newlyweds travel around the city for photos at the monuments
In the tradition of wedding parties all over the former USSR, newlyweds travel around the city for photos at the monuments
Amazing thickly veiled Turkmen bridal dress
Amazing thickly veiled Turkmen bridal dress
Turkmenistan wedding party
Turkmenistan wedding party
A second bride and groom arrive for photos
A second bride and groom arrive for photos
Turkmenistan wedding photo
Turkmenistan wedding photo
President Niyazov aka Türkmenbashy, the Leader of all Türkmen
President Niyazov aka Türkmenbashy, the Leader of all Türkmen
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