Khan's Mosque, Kasimov

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Khan's Mosque in Kasimov is the oldest mosque in Central Russia. It dates from the Qasim Khanate of the 15th and 16th centuries. According to Kadir Ali, the brick mosque was built by Shahghali at some point in the mid-16th century. Others believe that the mosque goes back to the reign of Qasim Khan. The original building was torn down at the behest of Peter the Great in 1702, but its wide stone minaret survives.The existing mosque was erected next to the old minaret in 1768. The local Tatar nobles had a second storey added in 1835. A little closer to the Oka River is another local landmark, Shahghali's Mausoleum from the mid-16th century. The Khan's Mosque has been designated a public museum since the 1930s.The minimalist design of the minaret, with its unadorned walls, reminds of that of the famous Guangta Minaret of Huaisheng Mosque in Guangzhou, in South China.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The old mosque (XVIII-XIX centuries) and Minaret (15th century). The minaret. Price 100 roubles-adult, 50 rub-students, children under 7 years old-free of charge. View of the Cmo. And climb through a narrow passage to the top too interesting.
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  • June 12, 2017
    The old mosque, but from the old buildings remained minaret, where you can climb for symbolic hundred roubles and admire stunning views of the Cmo and Kasimov
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  • June 11, 2017
    The ancient mosque, we climbed the Minaret is unsafe, because the steps in some places sloppy and bad lighting! Children and those who are going there to see, not worth it. The passage is very narrow, not everywhere is clearly visible, it is not easy to climb. View from the top, of course, beautiful, but it is necessary to calculate their force. Admission is 100 rubles-surely you cannot establish the lighting on the stairs to make the ascent safer?
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