Bibi-Heybat mosque is one of the major attractions in Azerbaijan. It is one of those stunning buildings that you cannot help but stop to take a closer look or at least be awed by it as you drive by. It is not a huge and mighty mosque, but its dome and two minarets stand prominently as you pass along Baku Bay going south. What stands today, however, is not the original mosque-complex. The first and original Bibi-Heybat mosque was blown up by the Soviets in September 1936 as the ruling communists campaigned against any and every form of religion.
Not shortly after, Moscow realized the importance of preserving architectural masterpieces and historical structures. The person responsible for the destruction of the original mosque was thrown to Siberia to suffer a 20-year exile. [Read more…]