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In Azerbaijan, A Colorful Mosque In Need Of Repair

The village of Nugedi, northwest of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is home to a unique mosque dating from the late 19th century. Built with a wooden frame and decorated with carved wood, the mosque is registered as a historic monument. But in spite of the protected status, the structure is slowly crumbling and the community has no funds to repair it. (Photos by Abbas Atilay for RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

A brick minaret stands in front of the wood-framed mosque in the village of Nugedi, in Azerbaijan's Guba region.
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A brick minaret stands in front of the wood-framed mosque in the village of Nugedi, in Azerbaijan's Guba region.

The building is in need of major repairs, but it is still regularly used by Muslim worshippers.
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The building is in need of major repairs, but it is still regularly used by Muslim worshippers.

The mosque is registered as a historic monument. Members of the community say they have informed officials of its decaying state, but have not received any assistance.
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The mosque is registered as a historic monument. Members of the community say they have informed officials of its decaying state, but have not received any assistance.

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A painted facade has peeled away from the structure.
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A painted facade has peeled away from the structure.

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An ornately carved wooden ceiling
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An ornately carved wooden ceiling

The gaps in the wooden floorboards of the second story are gradually widening.
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The gaps in the wooden floorboards of the second story are gradually widening.

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The wooden dome of the mosque
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The wooden dome of the mosque

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A view of the minaret from the second story
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A view of the minaret from the second story

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An ancient tree in the mosque's courtyard
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An ancient tree in the mosque's courtyard

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The date inscribed on the minaret is 1316 according to the Islamic calendar -- or 1895 by the Western calendar.
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The date inscribed on the minaret is 1316 according to the Islamic calendar -- or 1895 by the Western calendar.

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