Hazret-Hyzr Mosque

Hazret-Hyzr Mosque

Hazrat-Hyzr mosque was erected in Samarkand in the VIIIth century. It settled down on a height at entry into the city, near an ensemble of mausoleums which were constructed later Shakhi-Zinda and the Siab bazaar. Hazrat Hyzra is a known Islamic sacred, he was worshipped during pre-Islamic times. It was considered that Hazrat-Hyzr grants to people wealth and success in distant wanderings and trade. According to one legend, Hazret-Hyzra helped the patron of Samarkand Kusama bin Abbas not to die and receive eternal life.

Mosque was repeatedly reconstructed. Today it consists of a portal entrance, a door room, a lobby which is blocked by a ridged dome on a many-sided drum, also is terry and columned ayvan. In the registration of a building, it was applied sharply ganch and a ceiling list.

Hazrat-Hyzr mosque is a bright example of the national architecture of the Samarkand school. Present mosque was constructed in 1854 on the basis of an ancient mosque. Earlier in this territory, there was a pagan temple. It was destroyed in the first years of acceptance of Islam, at this time were idols were also broken.

Mosque restored in the XIX century. It opens a view of other architectural monuments of Samarkand: Square Registan and Bibi Hannum's architectural complex. Old Samarkand is located to Northside from a mosque — an ancient site of ancient settlement Afrasiab.

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