Ozbek Han Mosque Staryi Cry – Ukraine

This is the oldest mosque in Ukraine built in the 14 century during the rule of Uzbeg Khan. Till 14th century the capital of the country was a very well-to-do city both economically and culturally.  In the first of the 16th century the new capital of the country was Bakhchisaray. With the transfer of capital to the new location, the old capital city became unimportant both as a trading zone and the cultural sector.

The mosque was constructed in 1314 and the Madarsah was added in 1331 by the daughter of Kilburun Bey. The most inopportune thing about the Madarasah was that its maintenance was not properly handled, which now, is in a very dilapidated condition. The floor of the mosque is designed fantastically well which reflects the designs of the period dating back to Saljuk times. The other landmark of the mosque is its entrance door made of pure wood beautifully engraved. It is in present days being used as a mosque by Muslim worshippers although the population of the city is very thin.

This mosque also provides allied services such funeral SERVICE INCLUDING THE Namaz-e-Janaza, (prayers for the departed soul), their burial services, Taraweeh during the month of Ramadan. Similarly, Aitikaf is observed during the last ten days of Ramadan, when Muslims stay in the mosque till the sighting of the moon of “Shawwal” which marks the culmination of Ramadan, Friday and Eid Congregations.

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Ukraine. Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Staryi Krym. Ozbek Han Mosque. 14th century. Exterior.

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