16 Sunni Mosque That May Die

Sunni Mosque That May Die

Posted on October 16, 2012 by team

The Sunni Mosque or the Mukhtarov Mosque is a historic mosque on the left bank of the Terek River in Vladikavkaz. The mosque owes its name to the Azerbaijani millionaire Murtuza Mukhtarov who financed its construction in 1900-1908.

The Sunni Mosque is known for its beautiful setting against the dramatic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains. It also used to serve the Ingush residents of Vladikavkaz before they were expelled from North Ossetia in the 1990s. The mosque has been protected as a historic landmark since 1934. In 1996, it was badly damaged by an explosion.

In the Soviet time here used to hang a Foucault pendulum.

The windows are covered with cellophane tape from inside.

During the mosque construction they spen two years for all paintings.

The note asks not to touch the radiators.

Here used to be paitings instead of the white columns.

But the architecture monument is decaying. Last year a 1,5m painted piece fell off from the ceiling in this corner.

In 2008, the republican and federal authorities promised to restore the mosque by its 100th anniversary but it was never done.

Though some millions of roubles were invested in the restoration. Probably they were spent for such works… It sooner resembles a decoration in some kindergarten.

New high-rise buildings are growing next to the mosque, we hope it will manage to survive next to them.


via wiki and timag82

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16 Responses to “Sunni Mosque That May Die”

  1. dian says:

    hey, there is a mystery of symbol. it’s looks like a jews symbol. why that symbol appear in holy mosque??

    • Tiger says:

      Because many islamic rules adopted the star of David to show that they are in the tradition of czar Salomon (in turkish: Süleyman). The medival Danishmends, another turkic-islamic fiefdom in the Caucasus and Asia Minor region in the 12th century, had even coins with the star of David made.
      Christianity forbids such symbolism, that is why you do not see the judaic star in churches normally.

      • Maria van Overbeek says:

        Very usefull information, thanks !

        • mustafa says:

          dont believe all what others said !

          • Tiger says:

            Yes, we better believe you, Mustafa, because you have got neither arguments nor facts, but just trolling, eh? So please, explain me why is there a star of David in a mosque and why are there coins from islamic rulers with the star of David? Obviously you have no idea about your own culture and religion.

          • Tiger says:

            just google “islamic coins + star of david” and you will get the desired answer…

  2. Tiger says:

    If there are no islamic faithful in Ossetia any more, which is understandable if you think about the Beslan massacre, then turn the mosque into an orthodox church and the building will have a proper function.

  3. Tovarich Volk says:

    Let me take a wild guess, The explosion that damaged the Mosque back in the 1990’s was caused by some jihad prick who opted for the 70 virgins in Paradise???

  4. Tovarich Volk says:

    Let me take a wild guess, The Mosque was blown up by a guy who got his 70 virgins in paradise because it represented an impure form of Islam???

    • Tiger says:

      Since it was paid for by an Azeri it could have been a Shia mosque and Shiites are seen as apostates by Sunnis. But in this case is was a Sunni mosque so I have no clue either. Maybe it was angry Christians who were fed up with terrorism and crime in the region.

  5. RB says:

    whats the point of having one virgin or ten thousand after one time they not virgin. Do they think they do anything in heaven except have sex?

  6. America says:

    All it needed was fresh coat of paint and a few communist murals. It would have made a nice skating ring in Soviet times.

    • Tiger says:

      All it needs is the holy spirit, two crosses on the towers, some bells and some icons and will be a house of god instead. One does not desecrate holy places.

  7. vivashia says:

    Why were the Ingush residents of Vladikavkaz expelled from North Ossetia in the 1990’s? Who expelled them? Where did they go? Can I get a straight answer here?
    This is a beautiful building the preservation of which would add to the culture of any civilized country.
    It is understood that in Beslan it was the “rescuers” who used mortars on the school that caused most of the deaths, just as in that theatre incident it was the “rescuers” who gassed most of the victims.

    • Tiger says:

      1st: the Ingush raised arms in northern Ossetia and lost the fight, so they left and went to Ingushetia proper.

      2nd:if the islamic Terrorists would not have taken children as hostages there would have been no deaths, period! And if there would not have been 500,000 non-muslims expelled from Chechnya in 1992-1994 there would have been no Chechen war in the first place and hence no problem.

      3rd: justifying terrorism, especially over the graves of dead defenseless children is so disgusting that only god can forgive you this!

      4th: god speed!

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