Bagyr village: Shikh Alov, Khalimberdy Ishan, Namazga Mosque

Bagyr village: Shikh Alov, Khalimberdy Ishan, Namazga Mosque

Bagyr is a former village located 23 km from Ashgabat to the south west. It was annexed by the capital of Turkmenistan and is one of its districts now. There are several important and interesting historical sites there.

The first of them is Shikh Alou – the mausoleum of the local sheikh Abu Ali Dakkak. It was constructed at the 12 century in honor of Ali Abu Dakkak – Shih Alov, who was originally from Iran. The word “Shikh Alov” translation “Flaming Sheikh”.

There are a lot of legends about this legendary person. One of which tells when Shikh Alov was only 7 years old, he helped Mukhammed Hazret Ali to spread up in the south Turkmenistan Islam. Later Shikh Alov became the follow of the School of Suffism. Close to the mausoleum one can see the sacred water spring and wish tree.

At the foot of the Kopet Dag mountains there is another historical monument, Mosque Namazga. Namazga is a specific mosque usually built in the outskirts that serve for assemblies of town dwellers twice a year, on the days the main Muslim holidays. The Namazga of Bagir/Nisa had been built probably in the end of XIII- beginning of XIV century and represented a domed chamber open to outside.

The big mosque of Khalimberdi Ishan (the end of XIX – beginning of the XX c.c.) is very interesting The most attractive thing there is mikhrab/ altar niche, in the decoration of which the motifs of typical Islamic floral ornament and Parthian architecture with its Hellenic traditions interlaced.

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