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Inside Kok Gumbaz Mosque

Among Shakhrisabz’s grand palaces and memorial complexes, right from an orchard, rises the blue dome of Kok-Gumbaz Mosque. It is seen from almost any part of the city because of its location and size, so the dome of Kok-Gumbaz is an indispensable part of the city’s panorama.

The mosque Kok-Gumbaz (‘blue dome’) was built in 1435 on the foundations of an earlier structure in the architectural complex Dorut-Tillavat, with the front of it facing Shamseddin Kulyal Mausoleum. Kok-Gumbaz Mosque is the largest Friday mosque in the city. It was where all the major religious ceremonies were held. The construction of the mosque was initiated by the great Tamerlane’s grandson Mirzo Ulugbek, the world-famous astronomer and statesman. The main entrance portal of the mosque still has an inscription saying that Ulugbek built Kok-Gumbaz on behalf of his father Shakhrukh.
It is interesting that while designing the building, its architects tried to align its height with Kulyal Mausoleum’s. They built the mosque to be symmetrical with the mausoleum, which gave the complex perfect harmony. They even had to break the Islamic law for the sake of this, turning it a little away from the holy Mecca direction.

photo: Zeiss Loxia 21mm
original size 29000x14500

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Copyright: Flaviopsv
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 15000x7500
Taken: 05/08/2019
Uploaded: 13/12/2019
Updated: 31/12/2019


Tags: mausoleum; history; historic; unesco; religion; travel; architecture; art; decoration; mosque; mosaic; tiles; sony; zeiss
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