World Monument Fund: Haji Piyada – Noh Gumbad Mosque – Oldest Known Islamic Building in Afghanistan

The project, conducted with Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, will include the conservation of the plaster decorations and the stabilization of the arch.

  • The Haji Piyada Mosque was built in the second half of the ninth century, only two centuries after the establishment of Islam and immediately following its arrival in Central Asia.
  • Located in northern Afghanistan, the mosque measures 65 by 65 feet (20 by 20 meters), a modest but architecturally rich religious structure.
  • The mosque derives its alternate name, Noh Gumbad, from the nine cupolas that once covered it.
  • Haji Piyada Mosque is the oldest known Islamic building in Afghanistan and one of the earliest structures in the entire eastern Islamic world.
  • There seem to be no similar surviving structures from that time period, endowing the mosque with unparalleled cultural and architectural significance.

World Monument Fund: Haji Piyada - Noh Gumbad Mosque - Oldest Known Islamic Building in Afghanistan

Source: https://www.wmf.org/project/haji-piyada-mosque-noh-gumbad

 

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