Kul Sharif Mosque

The Kul Sharif Mosque is the biggest mosque in Europe. It was named in honor of the head of the Kazan knanate muslims, seid Kul Sharif, who got killed during the defence of the citadel. The minarets of the mosque are 57 meters high. The mosque was destroyed in October 1552 during the assault of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible's troops. The reconstruction of the mosque began in 1996, and its inauguration took place in 2005. The complex of the mosque includes the building of the mosque, a library-museum, publishing center and imaum's administration. Mass divine services in the mosque take place only on the days of principal muslim holidays. The rest of the time the temple serves as the first museum of Islam in Russia and a scientific center. The collection of the mosque comprises more than two thousand exhibits, the most ancient among which belong to the stone monuments of the X-XIth cen.
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