Coming to Russia, take a walk around Kul Sharif Mosque
Situated in the Kazan Kremlin, the architectural and historical complex of Kazan, the Kul Sharif Mosque is one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Russia. The building was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Kul Sharif Mosque was built on the foundation of Kazan's former mosque destroyed in 1552. It is now the symbol of the city, as well as the Republic of Tatarstan.
The construction of this church began in 1996 and ended in 2005, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Kazan. Thanks to two distinct colors of blue and white, the church created a unique focus for itself, among the populations of the Kremlin architecture.
Kul Sharif Mosque is not a single building. The complex consists of three parts: the mosque, the administrative building and the monument. The entire complex occupies an area of nearly 19,000 m2.
The mosque is named after Imam Kul-Sharif - the national hero in the history of the Kazan Khanate. He was killed during Ivan's invasion of the land. Right in front of the church entrance is a detailed table for visitors.
Tourists can visit from 9-19h daily. Note that every Friday the church will not receive guests from 11:30 to 13:15, to serve the work of prayer. In addition, female visitors will have to use a headscarf to comply with religious regulations.
Kul Sharif is one of the largest mosques in Europe and is the main mosque of Kazan. At the same time, this is the largest Islamic worship in Europe with an ancient bookstore.
The characteristic of this mosque is that the direction of the church to Mecca is absolutely determined by satellite. On June 24, 2005, the church was inaugurated with 17,000 participants and delegates from 40 countries around the world.
The construction of the Kul Sharif Mosque plays a major role in strengthening and enhancing the solidarity of the two main ethnic groups living in the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan and implementing the principle of religious and cultural balance in Kremlin.
In addition to being a “monument” in Russia, the Kul Sharif Mosque has another historical significance as a memorial to those who have sacrificed for the protection of Kazan.
Travellers love to take souvenir pictures on the top floor of the church, where they can see the panoramic vignettes on the walls, producing quality photographs.
In addition to the prayer service halls, it also hosts the first Russian museum of Islamic culture, displaying over 2,000 items, manuscripts and religious clothing. Many exhibits at the museum date from the tenth century.
At the end of the tour, visitors can go to the souvenir shops located at the entrance of the church. The products are available for a variety of models, styles, and are sold at affordable prices.
By: Relly Jonas