Zira Mosque
Turkan, Azerbaijan

In a village near the Caspian Sea, a dilapidated 19th-century mosque was demolished to make way for this new one inspired by the architecture of the Shirvan dynasty that ruled Azerbaijan from the 9th to 16th centuries. The single-chamber prayer hall for 300 worshippers is surmounted by a dome, and a semi-circular mezzanine overlooking the prayer hall accommodates female worshippers. Two minarets are located on either end of the double-arcaded entrance façade, and single arcades are located on both sides of the building, one of them providing access for women; ancillary buildings nearby contain separate ablutions facilities, a kitchen, offices, a library, and other facilities. The concrete mosque is faced with local limestone.


Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Location
Turkan, Azerbaijan
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Events
Completed 2016
Dimensions
1,467 m²
Variant Names
Zira Mosque
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Building Usages
mosque
religious
Keywords
Aga Khan Award for Architecture