On September 11, the official ceremony marking the opening of the newly renovated Mashad Ata Mosque, a unique monument of the IX-X centuries architecture, was held at the National Historical-Archaeological Park "Ancient Dekhistan" located in Etrek district of Balkan province of Turkmenistan.
The renovation of the mosque was sponsored by a grant from U.S. State Department's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. The renovation was carried out by the National Administration on Preservation and Restoration of Cultural and Historical Sites of Turkmenistan.
The first visitors of the renovated Mashad Ata Mosque were representatives of the public of Balkan province, diplomats, scientists and students. In her opening remarks, the U.S. Charg d'Affaires, a.i., Lynne M. Tracy highly rated the work of renovators, architects and archaeologists who participated in the project.
The coordinator of U.S. State Department's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation, Mr. Martin Pershler, arrived from Washington to participate in the ceremony. Within next few days he will continue acquaintance with other monuments of Turkmenistan located in Akhal, Dashoguz and Mary provinces that were restored earlier with the Fund's support.