Restoration of the Imamzade religious complex in Ganja

Dating back to the 8th century, the historical monument Imamzade also known as the Blue Dome, the Blue Mosque or the Blue Imam Turbeh, is one of the architectural landmarks of the city of Ganja. It houses the tomb of Ibrahim, the son of the fifth imam, Muhammad Bagir.

The tomb, believed to have been constructed in the late 14th to early 15th centuries, became a pilgrimage site, with additional buildings constructed in the 17th century. The shrine has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and continued to function despite suffering damage over time.

The Imamzade complex suffered damage at various times but continued to function as a shrine from 1946. In the 1970s, its management was transferred to the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of the Caucasus. Throughout different periods, including the Soviet era, the shrine underwent restoration, especially during the leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev, who oversaw its maintenance as a historical monument. The Imamzade shrine was the only officially registered shrine during the Soviet period, demonstrating its significance and the city’s historical and religious importance.

Restoration of the Imamzade complex began in 2010 under the directives of President Ilham Aliyev, with support from the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The project included the restoration of the mosque, prayer halls, administrative buildings, and the surrounding area. The restoration preserved the complex’s historical architecture, including the mihrab, windows, and flooring. The project included creating a green zone, building a parking lot, and constructing a hotel with 33 guest rooms, ablution facilities, dining areas, a conference hall, a religious library, and a museum. The restoration work was carried out by local organizations and supported by the President’s Reserve Fund.

On February 17, 2016, President Ilham Aliyev got acquainted with the conditions created after major repair and reconstruction work carried out in the complex.