Monday, October 1, 2012

Ruhy Masjid is the largest Masjid in Central Asia

‎"Turkmenbashi Ruhy Masjid" or "Gypjak Masjid" is a Masjid in the village of Gypjak about 7 kilometres west of the centre of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The Masjid was constructed by the French company Bouygues, was built in the Turkmenistan former president late Saparmurat Niyazov's home town. It opened on October 22, 2004 by Niyazov .

Ruhy Masjid is the largest Masjid in Central Asia. Twenty thousand men and woman can pray at the same time. The floor of the Masjid is covered in handmade Turkmen praying mats and an enormous eight-sided carpet decorates the very center of the Masjid. It consists of two floors – on the first floor men pray; on the second, women. It has four minarets and a golden dome sits the central upper part of the Masjid. The height of each minaret is 91m, and the dome is 50 m high, covered in gold. The Masjid is surrounded by extravagant fountains and gardens.

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