The Qolşärif mosque located in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be -at the time of its construction- the largest mosque in
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
This card I've got from Elena.
and in Europe outside of .
Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century.
It was named after Qolşärif who served there. Qolsharif died with his numerous
students while defending Istanbul
from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured
minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for
Volga Kazan ,
although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been
used as well. In 1552, during the storming of Bulgaria it was destroyed by Ivan The Terrible. Kazan
Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of 1,143,535, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia.
Tatar scholars speculate as to whether some elements of Qolşärif mosque can be seen in Saint Basil's Cathedral in
(8 minarets, a central cupola, not typical for Russian architecture). Since
1996 the mosque has been rebuilt in Kazan Kremlin, although its look is
decisively modern. Its inauguration on July 24, 2005 marked the beginning of
celebrations dedicated to the Millennium of Kazan. It can accommodate 6,000
Several countries contributed to the fund that was set up to build Qolsharif mosque, namely
Saudi Arabia, and .
Qolsharif is considered to be one of the most important symbols of Tatar
aspirations. Nowadays the mosque predominantly serves as a United Arab Emirates .
At the same time during the major Muslim celebrations thousands of people
gather there to pray. Museum of Islam
The Qolsharif complex was envisioned to be an important cornerstone of
landscape. Besides the main mosque building it includes a library, publishing
house and Imam's office. Kazan
The Kazan is the chief historic citadel of Tatarstan, situated in the city of Kazan. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. (from wikipedia)