One of the spiritual monuments of Tashkent is the Khazrati-Imam ensemble, popularly called Khast-Imam. The square is located in the heart of the old city, which survived after the strongest earthquake in 1966. The complex was built near the burial place of the first Tashkent Imam – Kaffal ash Shashi, who was a scholar and religious figure.
The complex consists of Tillya Sheikh mosque, Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan madrasah and Imam al-Bukhari Islamic Institute.
There is a library for visitors, where a large number of eastern manuscript literatures are kept, as well as the Koran of the third Khalif – Osman that is stored separately. Written in the VII century, the book was in a large number of countries. This ancient holy book is quite large and consists of 353 parchment leaves.
The book was brought to Uzbekistan during the time of Amir Temur. The scientists from Russia have studied the book and have confirmed it’s the authenticity.
A variety of exotic plants was brought into the ensemble. The storks nest here from spring to autumn. The Khast-Imam looks especially beautiful at night, when the territory is lit by lanterns and it creates the illusion of the oriental tale.