Bishkek Central Mosque

The central mosque is the largest in Kyrgyzstan. It is the exact copy of Kocatepe mosque that is located in Ankara, Turkey. This is the main architectural attraction of Bishkek built on the spot of Issyk-Kul cinema, the historical centre of the capital. The choice of location caused controversy; before the construction of the theatre, there was a Christian cemetery.

The construction of the mosque started in 2012 and the final works were finished in 2018. The interior also resembles the copy of Kocatepe mosque. The only difference is the number of tiers. The original mosque has four tiers while the central mosque of Bishkek has only three.

The mosque has a large hall for prayers with the capacity of more than 600 people. More than 6 thousand people gather in the mosque for Friday prayers.

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