Uzbekistan is a unique destination for admirers of ancient architecture at its best. Uzbekistan is widely-known as the country with one of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in Central Asia. These fine pieces of Islamic architecture are immersed in culture and history. Some of them carry thousands of years of history, others reflect cultural impact of those times.
Any traveler will be surprised to find out that relatively small country has so many fascinating mosques done in traditional style of Islamic architecture. Most of the mosques in Uzbekistan are very old, but the newest one is, definitely, worth to be on traveler’s “must see” list. Recently constructed Minor Mosque was built in 2013, by the order of the president of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov; the construction was sponsored by governmental budget and Spiritual management of Muslims in Uzbekistan.
Minor Mosque is situated in the newest part of the city and has become a highly popular location for evening walks and leisure. Building of the mosque started in the summer of 2013 and was completed by 1st October 2014; people were allowed to enter the mosque on the eve of the Eid festival. Minor Mosque is built according best traditions of oriental architecture and located near Ankhor channel. The mosque has two minarets and sky-colored cupola. Minor Mosque has terraces in the front and big round hall. The interior of the mosque is comprised of lines from Koran and hadiths.
The capacity of Minor Mosque is 2400 people at once. What makes it different from other mosques is its exterior. Minor Mosque is covered with marble and shines under the sun, blinding visitors, unlike other mosques that are made of burnt bricks. It’s turquoise dome blends in with the sky. Since its opening, Minor Mosque has become one of the most important spiritual centers of Uzbekistan.