The main city of sunny Uzbekistan is a young and forever shining Tashkent, which has managed to preserve its unique beauty to the present day. The Friday mosque for prayers or, as it is usually called in the East, Jama mosque played an important role in rising of the Orient Star.
This is the most important part of the main territory adjacent to the ancient Chorsu Bazaar. It looks like a parallelepiped rising above the ground. The foundation of Friday mosque was laid by our ancestors back in the 9th century, when the city was known as Chach and was conquered by the Arabs.
In the second half of the 15th century, the current capital of Uzbekistan was attended by Ubaydullo Khoja Akhror, one of the greatest figures of the Timurid dynasty. He became famous and respected person due to his ascetic lifestyle, generosity and assistance to the inhabitants during the famine of 1430s. Before leaving Tashkent, he issued a decree to build a mosque and madrassah in the historical part of the city called Gulbazar, where people could study Islam and worship Allah.
These attractions of the middle of 15th century have survived until today.
The earthquake shocks in 1868 caused significant damage to the main building structures. As a consequence of this, the Jama mosque suspended its work for more than twenty years. In 1888, the building was restored accurately thanks to the financial assistance of the Russian emperor Alexander III, and this is the reason why ordinary people called the building “Tsar’s Mosque”.
It is interesting to note that this mosque is third among all Uzbekistan mosques in terms of scale and significance. It is inferior in its proportions and greatness only to the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand, the capital of Maveranahra, and the Kalyan Mosque in Bukhara.
The Khoja Ahror Valiy Mosque ensemble almost completely collapsed. Only the buildings of the great madrassah, the important Kukeldash Madrassah and the dome-shaped structure visible from the Mahalla Gulbahor Mosque, remained. The height of the building (it is fifteen meters) made it popular with local photographers and artists who sought to capture the uniqueness and immensity of sunny Tashkent from its upper point.
At the beginning of the 21st century, it was decided to rebuild this mosque again. During rebuilding modern methods of construction, finishing and decoration were used.
Visitors from many countries come to admire the beautiful and festive mosque, and the Canaan Travel tour operator will help you to organize an unforgettable visit to these places. We will make your holiday in the fabulous East truly magical.