Winter 1998 (6.4)
of the Oil Baron Period
The original Friday
Mosque was built in 1441-1442 by the Shirvanshah, Khalil-ul-lah
I. Gradually, the mosque fell into disrepair and Haji Sheikhali
Dadashov, a wealthy merchant and shipowner, built a new mosque
on the original site of the old one. His grave is at the entrance
of the mosque.
During the Soviet period, the Friday Mosque was one of the very few religious buildings that Stalin did not have demolished. Stripped of its religious functions, the mosque was transformed into the National Carpet Museum. Since independence (1991), the mosque is used once again as a place of worship, and the carpets have been moved into what used to be called the Lenin Museum parallel to the seaside boulevard.
From Azerbaijan International (6.4) Winter 1998.