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Gypjak Mosque, Ashgabat

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Admire a magnificent gilded dome surrounded by four 91 m (298 ft) tall minarets plated with white marble at Gypjak Mosque, a modern mosque in Gypjak village in the vicinity of the capital. Explore huge marble colonnades around the mosque and stroll around a large paved square flanked by two fountains. The main hall, covered with handmade rugs, can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers. Officially called Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, the structure features depictions of the Qur’an and the Book of the Soul on its walls. A mausoleum with the tomb of the country’s first president, Saparmurat Niyazov, lies within the complex. Some 7 km (4.3 mi) west of downtown Ashgabat on the M27 highway, this must-see sight is definitely worth the drive. For Gypjak Mosque and beyond, use our Ashgabat day trip tool to get the most from your Ashgabat vacation.
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  • This is a big mosque with nice ornate tiles and inscriptions of allah everywhere. It's a nice place to drop by and take pictures  more »
  • Overwhelming hospitality. Excellent team and great job in the field of pediatric urology. Excellent condition of hospital. Ashgabat is an astonishing white marble city, good to look at.  more »
  • The Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum is impressive. It is the largest in Central Asia and the main mosque in Turkmenistan. It holds the remains of the 1st President but photos are not allowed of his...  more »
  • Magnificent architecture. Always a great sight to visit. Must see in person to appreciate the mosque in its entirety.
  • Impressive. Had the whole place to ourselves!
  • Largest domed mosque in Central Asia. Genuinely jaw-dropping when you go inside (photos not allowed inside) Not that popular with local Muslims, so comparatively quiet, especially given the size. Go into the basement to see the scale of washing facilities. Be aware there are non-Quran phrases written on the walls of the mosque, from Turkmenbashi's book. Some may feel this is inappropriate for a Mosque.
  • Beautiful mosque built in its own, modern, recognizable Turkmen style. A lot of attention has also been paid to the details, such as the finishing and design of the doors, the geometric pattern on the inside of the dome.
  • Worth visiting if you are around. The mausoleum where Turkmenbashi is buried is right next to it

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