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Moon over Sparmyrat Hajii Mosque - Geok-Depe, Turkmenistan

Moon over Sparmyrat Hajii Mosque - Geok-Depe, Turkmenistan

After Turkmenbashi converted from Communism and embraced Islam in the 1990s, he made his pilgrimage to Mecca. Rumor has it that he returned from Saudi Arabia with $10 billion in aid from the government...As most Turkmens do not have the opportunity to travel to Mecca, Sparmyrat Hajii Mosque was built in Geok-Depe (outside Ashgabat) to offer an alternative pilgrimage site. Like most buildings in Ashgabat, it's an elaborate affair.

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