Juma Mosque in Shamakhi (or Friday Mosque) is one of the tourist attractions often visited by travellers. It is included into our Shamakhi and Gabala tour. Unlike many mosques, entrance to Juma Mosque of Shamakhi is permitted even to non-Muslims. To enter, you need to remove your shoes, but walking barefoot is not a problem, because the floor is covered with thick carpets.
In addition, women must cover their heads in order to enter the mosque, so they provide free head cover at the entrance, which is required to be returned at the exit.
Juma Mosque which was constructed in 743, is considered the oldest mosque in the Caucasus after the Juma Mosque of Derbent (built in 734). It was built during the governance period of the Umayyad Caliphate’s (661–750) vicar in the Caucasus and Dagestan.
Juma mosque went through numerous damages due to earthquakes, wars, and plundering. It was reconstructed several times after the earthquakes of 1859 and 1902. Strongly damaged because of the devastating earthquake of 1902, and during the March events in 1918. In The most recent reconstruction took place in 2009. The mosque was returned to its original appearance with the preservation of its old structure.