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Situated in Tashkent city, The Minor Mosque is a magnificent modern religious building; the construction took a year to complete, commenced in 1993 and finished in 1995. The mosque is located on the banks of the canal Anhor, embankment of which has undergone significant improvement changes. It was firstly opened to the public on the eve of the sacred holiday – Eid al-Adha; hence, it became the best gift for local Muslims.
Minor Mosque: White mosque at the capital
Muslims can always visit the mosque anytime to conduct their religious activities. Minor Mosque has a large prayer halls for both men and women. Women have their own prayer room, separated from men’s. The ablution areas are also provided. Men and women have their own ablution areas. On Friday, there’s always Friday prayer. Be careful that only men can enter the prayer hall. Therefore, the beautiful interior dome is not accessible for women. Nonetheless, the main entrance is open for anyone who wants to take a look inside.
Both Muslims and non-Muslims can always enjoy the beauty of Minor Mosque. You can take a lot of pictures depicting its luxury and grandness. Only superior quality materials were used at the time of its construction. However, make sure that you take photos outside the building. If you love architecture photography, this mosque will satisfy your thirst of stunning objects.
Minor Mosque is surrounded by a spacious garden. You can take a walk and enjoy the scenery around this beautiful mosque. You can take as many shots as possible to capture its splendid beauty. You can make a video too. They will be perfect holiday gifts for family and friends. Behind the building, you can find the sprawling Minor cemetery. You can leisurely take a stroll here.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no admission ticket to enter Minor Mosque, yet donation is welcome.
How To Get Around?
Minor Mosque is best explored on foot. Besides the interior of the building, the garden in front of the mosque is worth visiting too.
What Should I Wear?
Before entering Minor Mosque, visitors should remove their shoes. They also need to dress appropriately. Men should not wear shorts or sleeveless shirt. It is better to wear long pants and sleeved shirt. Women are not allowed to wear tanks, shorts, or a mini skirt. Long pants or long skirt are recommended. Come here modestly dressed (covered clothes). In summer, the white marble of the Minor mosque is blinding, so it is recommended to wear sunglasses; just be sure that before going inside, you take them off.
Best Time to Visit
Minor Mosque is always open for the worshippers. In a day, it is obligatory for Muslims to pray 5 times a day. If you are Muslim, you can visit the mosque anytime, especially during the praying times. You will love its peaceful atmosphere. However, if you are non-Muslims, you’d better avoid the praying times; the mosque is usually crowded with worshippers. You can try visiting the mosque in the morning between 7 am and 11 am or after 7 pm. During holy months or major festive seasons such as during the holy month of Ramadhan, the mosque is jammed with worshippers too.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can explore Minor Mosque by yourself without a guide. It's easy to get around and you'll meet people there to explore the area together. If you have questions about the mosque, you can try speaking to the mosque staff; they are friendly and helpful.
How To Get There?
Public transportation is easily accessible in Tashkent city. For your best comfort, taxi is a great option. If you are on a tight budget, metro is affordable. It is located near the International Business Center, metro stop, and hotel complex between the Tashkent TV Tower and Amir Timur Square. If you wish to travel by car, rented cars are widely available in towns and cities.
Minor Mosque is a religious building, not a museum. Kindly respect the worshippers. Make sure that some areas are permitted to only certain gender. Never talk too loud or laugh inside the building.