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On a clear day, visitors can admire the four stunning minarets of the Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.
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Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque

One of the most beautiful mosques in the country, Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque has four minarets and capacity for 2500 worshippers.

Opened in 2009, the name of the Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque pays homage to the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who helped fund the building’s construction. The architecture of the mosque is a fine example of modern Islamic construction, displaying magnificent marble walls with four minarets. Initially, the mosque’s domes were painted blue. However, after renovations in 2018, the domes were changed to a dazzling golden colour.

The interior of the mosque is impressive in size and when it's fully occupied, it can host 2500 worshippers, with two different prayer rooms, one for women and other for men.

It is possible to visit the Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque but it's recommended you only come during prayer time if you are acquainted with Islamic religious customs. It's better to come outside prayer time so you can go inside the main part of the building to appreciate all aspects of the magnificent construction.

Feel free to stop and meditate or pray, as the monument offers a welcoming atmosphere for anyone looking to connect with their spiritual side - just remember to dress appropriately. It's certainly worth taking some time when you're in Mary to see the Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, which is one of the city's most important landmarks.