Muhammad Mosque, Baku

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Muhammad Mosque or Siniggala Mosque is the mosque built in the 11th century in Old City, Baku. The mosque is also known as Siniggala, for the name of its minaret – Siniggala (“damaged tower”). The mosque acquired its second name in 1723, when military squadron of Russian Army, consisting of 15 warships and led by Admiral Matyushkin, approached the city from seaside and demanded its surrender during the Russo-Persian War (1722-1723). Russian warships began to bomb the city after the refusal to surrender. One of the Russian shells hit the minaret of Muhammad Mosque and damaged it. A stormy wind then blew the Russian ships further out to sea. The population of the city interpreted the wind as a divine scourge sent to the occupants. From that time until the middle of the 19th century, the minaret of the mosque wasn’t reconstructed. It remained a symbol of the persistence and courage of the defendants of the tower.
It is the first building in Azerbaijan, which is related to Islam and dated for its architectural ligature.
According to Arabic inscription which was saved in front of doorway of northern wall of the mosque, it was built by ustad-rais Muhammad the son of Abu Bakr in 471 of Hijra (1078/79). It means that the architect was not only a master-ustad, but also a rais-head of artificers’ corporation.
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  • A beautiful historic mosque in the heart of the Old town. A small, clean and very well-maintained mosque. You will surely see it when you roam this area.
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  • So this is one of those sights that you have to "check off" your list of things to see in Baku's old city, but it's nothing special. It's interesting historically (it was built in the 11th century), b...  more »
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  • The mosque is transformed to a Holy Text (Quran) Museum. The museum is quite beautiful mosque, with a good inventory of items that are displayed there. It seems the mosque-museum attract less than what is expected visitors and tourists, but it worth than you might consider. I really enjoyed visiting this museum. Recommended!
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