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Elegant! Who would have thought Russia has a beautiful Kul Sharif's Mosque - What comes to your mind when you hear a Russian name? At least the ones that crossed most were communists, non-Muslims and vodka. But who would have thought, this non-Muslim majority country had a very beautiful and elegant mosque.

The name is Kul Sharif Mosque. The mosque was built at the site of the old Khanate of Kazan mosque which was destroyed in 1552. This mosque is a great symbol of the Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan. The mosque was named after the last great Imam of Kazan before Ivan the Terrible invaded and captured the city.

This mosque is located in the Kazan Kremlin region and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kul Sharif Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Europe and the main mosque of Kazan. It is the largest Muslim place of worship in Europe, functioning as a home for a collection of rich ancient books. It was named after the legendary Kul Sharif, the Khanate Imam of Kazan and the Tatar hero, who lived in the 16th century.

Initially, about 4 centuries ago, many legendary mosque towers Kul Sharif stood adorn the capital of the Kazan Khanate. The shape is very cool, elegant, beautiful and includes a rich library.

The mosque carried the name Imam Seid Kul Sharif, one of the leaders of the Kazan defense. It is believed that the mosque has 2 floors and 8 towers, which are oriented to 8 parts of the world. When Ivan the Terrible captured the city, the mosque was burned and destroyed along with other Muslim buildings in the Kazan Kremlin.

Reconstruction of the Kul Sharif Mosque began in 1996 and ended only in 2005, right at the commemoration of 1000 years of Kazan. During the Kul Sharif Mosque tour, you can see that it is not a single building, it is a real complex consisting of three parts: a mosque, a memorial stone, and an administrative building. The entire complex occupies an area of ​​almost 19 thousand square meters. Really cool right?

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