Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Metjidi Gypjak Mosque is a magnificent mosque located in the village of Gypjak, 7 kilometers from the center of Ashgabat. The construction was initiated by Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan from 1985 until he died in 2006, who was nicknamed Türkmenbaşy. A mausoleum was built next to the mosque, where President Niyazov was buried. When open to the public, Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Metjidi Gypjak Mosque came into the public spotlight due to controversial inscriptions from Niyaz’s book of moral principles Ruhnama, which were inscribed equated with inscriptions from the Muslim holy book Quran. Many Muslims from other countries protested. This mosque can accommodate 10,000 worshipers, 7,000 men in the main room, and 3,000 women upstairs.