Haji Yaqub Mosque
There is a spectacular mosque to serve as the centre of belief in every Islamic country. The Haji Yaqub Mosque, which is the central mosque in the capital city, used to be the largest in the nation until the new erection of the Mosque of Tajikistan.
The mosque accommodating as many as 3,000 people was founded about 200 years ago. It was named after Haji Yaqub, a famous Tajik general and religious leader who fought a battle with General Zuo Zongtang of the Qing Dynasty, to dedicate his valour and contributions in the territorial acquisitions. Since the Tajiks originated in Persia, the Haji Yaqub Mosque is in Persian style and as colourful as its counterparts in Iran. It has a massive arch. Under the dome in the prayer hall, there is a huge chandelier hung on the ceiling decorated with meticulously drawn patterns. These patterns painted on the external and internal walls of the mosque, together with the Persian columns and the Russian palace layout, give the mosque a unique charm.