One of the majestic and memorial complexes of Shahrisabz city is Kok-Gumbaz mosque “Blue Dome”. The mosque was built in 1435 on the foundations of an earlier building with a similar layout. The building is located on the same axis with Kulyala Mausoleum, therefore it became the cathedral mosque of the city. According to the inscription on the portal, the mosque was erected by Ulugbek in the honor of his father Shahrukh.
Today, we can see central domed structure with a diameter of 46 meters. It is the only what was preserved from the holy place. The square hall is topped with a beautiful dome. There are inscriptions from the Koran in majolica frame on the outer side of the dome. Once there were held the most important religious services. There are also many famous aphorisms. One of them says: “Power and wealth belong to Allah. Allah is the only who owns domination.”
Thanks to convenient location and its majestic size, blue dome of Kok-Gumbaz Mosque can be seen from almost any part of the city. That is why, Kok Gumbaz is considered one of the major monumental buildings of the ancient Shahrisabz city.
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