President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the Main Friday Mosque of the Andijan Region.
The first mosque was built here in 1870. The construction work of the current mosque began in 2018 and was completed in May this year.
The new building was constructed in an old style: «four aywans (a large hall or an audience chamber)» and «four gates». On both sides, 54 meters-high towers are put up; the main hall is crowned with a dome with a diameter of 18 meters.
Previously, the mosque could accommodate 5 thousand people. Now it can accommodate more than 15 thousand worshipers.
The verses from the Holy Koran were recited.
«I am grateful to the engineers, builders and decorators, as well as benefactors who have contributed to the construction of this mosque. I congratulate the people of Andijan on the construction of this mosque, let it serve our people for many years», - Shavkat Mirziyoyev has said.
A conversation with religious leaders took place here.
«We are paying attention to the improvement of all holy places, the construction of new mosques and centers of education. It is wonderful that another mosque has been built, where Muslims will freely offer prayers for the welfare of our people», - the President said.