Popular on 500px : Tashkent’s Friday mosque by Angshu

The foundation of the first Friday Cathedral Mosque in Tashkent (Juma mosque) – Khoja Akhrar Vali Juma Mosque, was established in 819, at the highest point of the “shakhristan” (centre) of ancient Tashkent. Up to now, the Mosque has been repeatedly rebuilt, renamed and restored in different epochs but still overlooks the Old City and surrounded by the Chorsu, Khadra and Eski Juva places. The mosque underwent a serious reconstruction in the 18th and 19th centuries after catastrophic earthquakes. Following the earthquake of 1868, the mosque was left completely destroyed for 20 years, until the Russian emperor Alexander III assigned money for its restoration in the year of 1888.
The last restoration of the Friday mosque was in the 1990-s. The building was rebuilt anew by modern architects, its cube was demolished and instead of one dome there are now three domes crowning the mosque now, as you can see in the picture.

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