Mukhtarov Mosque

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Mukhtarov Mosque
Muxtarov mosque Vlz.jpg
Basic information
Location Vladikavkaz, Russia
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Józef Plośko
Architectural type Mosque
Date established 1908
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 2

The Sunni Mosque or the Mukhtarov Mosque is a historic mosque on the left bank of the Terek River in Vladikavkaz. The mosque owes its name to the Azerbaijani millionaire Murtuza Mukhtarov who financed its construction in 1900-1908. The architect Józef Plośko was inspired by Al-Azhar and other mosques of Cairo.[1] Plośko was also the architect of Mukhtarov Palace in Baku. The mosque serves the Ossetian Muslim minority.

The Sunni Mosque is known for its picturesque setting against the dramatic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains. It also used to serve the Ingush residents of Vladikavkaz before they were expelled from North Ossetia in the 1990s. The mosque has been protected as a historic landmark since 1934. In 1996, it was badly damaged by an explosion[2] and later restored.

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Coordinates: 43°1′33″N 44°40′33″E / 43.02583°N 44.67583°E / 43.02583; 44.67583