Zangilan Mosque

On 18 May 2024, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony of the newly constructed Zangilan Mosque. The construction of the mosque was initiated by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of PASHA Holding LLC. The foundation stone for the new mosque was laid by President Ilham Aliyev on April 26, 2021, after the liberation of Zangilan from occupation.

During the 30-year occupation by Armenia, many religious, historical, and cultural monuments in Azerbaijan were subjected to destruction and vandalism. This included the historical mosque in Zangilan, which was used as a stable. Originally built in the 19th century and designated as an architectural monument, the mosque was demolished, losing up to 70 percent of its original appearance.

Following the liberation of the occupied territories, restoration and construction projects began on historical, religious, and cultural monuments in Karabakh, including the Zangilan Mosque. An expert team conducted an assessment of the existing mosque building and decided on its conservation.

Adjacent to the historic mosque, which underwent conservation, a new mosque was constructed. The new mosque features a rectangular layout with two minarets and three aisles. It includes includes prayer halls accommodating 220 and 100 worshippers. The minarets and dome are made of tile and brick, with intricate interior decorations. The mihrab is adorned with vegetal patterns made of tiles, and the minbar and lattice elements are crafted from natural wood.

An open-air exhibition has been created on the site of the destroyed historical Zangilan Mosque. This exhibition highlights the widespread vandalism of religious monuments in Karabakh and Eastern Zangezur during the occupation. It showcases the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, including Islamic monuments, and the repurposing of mosques and shrines, often as stables for animals considered impure in Islam.