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This artistic rendering of the Ashgabat (‘Ishqábád) Mashriq-ul-Azhar is part of a project by the community in Ashgabat (historical Ishqabad) that resulted in the creation of a colorized version of the Mother Temple of the East. It's the first part of the Mashriq-ul-Azhar 1921 Project. Consultant: Ataollah Bahshandegi. Computer designer: Aman Rejepov. Project Director: Olga Mehti.

The House of Worship ~ the first for the Bahá'í Faith ~ was confiscated by Soviet authorities. After various desecrations of this beautiful religious structure, portrayed in this drawing, it eventually succumbed to the elements in the 1960s after an earthquake severely damaged it. The Soviets eventually tore it down.

The future is bright, however, and I see a day when a new one will be built somewhere in the region where the first Bahá'í Mashriq-ul-Azhar once stood. This statement reflects only my personal viewpoint and is not intended to imply that this is the viewpoint of other Bahá'ís, the Bahá'í community of Ashgabat, the Bahá'í International Community and/or any other Bahá'í community or group.

These images may only be downloaded. It is not available here for purchase because it is not my image. Thank you to the group who worked on this drawing and made it available.
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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Temples
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