Talkhatan-Babab Mosque near Mary

30 km from Old Merv is a medieval settlement Talkhatan. There on the local cemetery Talkhatan-Baba Mosque was constructed in the Middle Ages. The mosque looks like a high regular rectangular. It does not have traditional canopies or columns.

The three sides of the mosque are absolutely blank walls. But the main facade is marked by three arches. The middle arch is the widest. It corresponds to the central compartment of a building. The two smaller ones correspond to the building's sides. Thus, the mosque is as though divided by arches into three compartments. Equilibrium and harmony are enhanced by the bright ornamentation of the walls and homogeneity of external and inner decor with application of burnt bricks.