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20140925_Turkmenistan_0189 Gypjak | by Dan Lundberg
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20140925_Turkmenistan_0189 Gypjak

The Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque was built by Turkmenistan’s first president, Saparmyrat Niyazov also known as Turkmenbashi, in his hometown of Gypjak just outside of Ashgabat. Completed in 2004, the mosque generated controversy for including on the inside walls both scriptures from the Koran and passages from Turkemnbashi’s own book, the “Ruhnama” ("The Book of the Soul"), as if the two works were equal. The mosque can hold 10,000 people.

 

A former Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR), Turkmenistan reluctantly became independent on 27 October 1991. Ashgabat (‘the city of love’ in Arabic) is the capital.

 

On Google Earth:

Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque 38° 1'4.63"N, 58°15'10.12"E

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Taken on September 25, 2014