Hast-Imam Ensemble, Tashkent
Hast-Imam Square, also known as Hazrati Imam, stands as the spiritual heart of the capital and ranks among Tashkent's most picturesque attractions. Nestled within the old city, Hast-Imam is surrounded by historic mud-brick homes that withstood the 1966 earthquake.
This complex appeared near the tomb of one of the first imam of Tashkent city, the famous scientist, scholar of the Koran and Hadith, poet and craftsman Hazrati Imam (full name - Abu-Bakr Muhammad Kaffal Shashi).
On the territory of the Hast-Imam, there are few arhitectural monuments, including the madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari, where future preachers are taught. The Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Central Asia, led by the Mufti, is also placed there.
Moreover, the complex has a rich library of oriental manuscripts. The world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman - Ottoman has been preserved here. Ottoman Koran is the primary source of Islam holy book that was written in the middle of VII century.
An ancient manuscript, consisting of 353 parchment sheets of very large size with the original text of the Quran for centuries was kept in the treasury of the Caliphs (consistently in the cities of Medina, Damascus and Baghdad).
From Baghdad in the days of Tamerlane Ottoman Koran was in Uzbekistan, then (already in the nineteenth century) had time to visit St. Petersburg, in the hands of Russian scientists, who have proved its authenticity, and the newly migrated through Ufa in Central Asia.
The new building of the mosque Hazrat Imam have been erected in 2007. The structure of the mosque consists of the mosque itself, and two minarets, which architecture is kept in the style of the XVI century. Thus, the entrance area of the mosque is decorated with splendid work of woodcarvers, representing various woodcarving schools of Uzbekistan.
Great job also has been done by landscape designers. In particular, there had been imported many exotic trees, shrubs and flowers from different countries and planted on the territory of the complex. And during the spring, summer and autumn, beautiful storks freely walk there. At night, special lighting of the buildings causes a feeling of attendance in the world of the anchient oriental tales.