Special Buildings

Kul Sharif Mosque

Named after the brilliant religious and statesman of his time, Imam Kul Sharif, the Kul Sharif Mosque was built five hundred years ago in memory of the destroyed main mosque of the Kazan Khanate. The Kul Sharif Mosque symbolizes the rebirth of Islam and the state in Tatarstan. Due to the height differences in the relief of the territory, it is located on two platforms, an upper and a lower one.

The upper platform is used for religious ceremonies and the lower one for museum visits. The courtyard of the mosque for Eid prayers has a capacity of 6,000 people. The 'Bismillah' symbol is the content and essence of the architectural composition of the mosque. Another symbol of the artistic image of this historical monument is the "tulip", which signifies rebirth and development.

The tulip symbol, which is very common among the peoples of the East, is often found in Tatar national patterns. The tulip is also the symbol of the Administration of Religious Affairs of the Muslims of Russia, the CIS, and Eastern Europe. On the sides of the main part of the mosque, there are 4 main minarets, each 55 meters high; the mosque also has 2 smaller and 2 decorative minarets.

The entire interior decoration of the monument was carried out by ODAK.

Location: Kazan - Russia
Start and End Date: 2002-2004
Construction Area: 4.000 sqm
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