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Turkmenbashy Ruhy mosque

Turkmenbashy Ruhy mosque

Gypjak

Just outside Ashgabad in the village of Gypjak is the immense Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque. Completed in October 2004, it was built to commemorate Earthquake Day; Gypjak is the village where the president was born and where his nother and brothers perished. The mosque complex includes a mausoleum for the family of the president. Above the entrance door is an inscription in Turkmen; “The Ruhnama is a holy book, the Koran is God’s book”. President Niyazov wrote the Ruhnama. Inside the octagonal walls of the mosque below the dome are bands of quotes from the Ruhnama.

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