Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan

Named after a Tatar imam who died defending Kazan from the armies of Ivan the Terrible, Kul Sharif Mosque remains most famous for its observation balcony and dome, designed to resemble a lotus flower. Completed in 2005, this lavish building stands on the remains of a 16th-century structure, once the biggest mosque in Russia. Part of the city's World Heritage-listed citadel, the mosque houses a museum dedicated to the history of Islam in Tatarstan. Keep in mind that according to Islamic tradition, only men can enter the ground-floor prayer hall, and women must keep their hair covered in all parts of the mosque. Visitors to the third-floor observation balcony do not need to remove their shoes. Make Kul Sharif Mosque a centerpiece of your Kazan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kazan trip website .
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  • One of the attractions of Kazan. I am a Christian but I recommend that you visit the Mosque regardless of religion. Had been there in summer and winter, and be sure to visit yet.
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  • This is the first and so far the only mosque, where visited. Very harmonious and majestic place.
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  • The mosque is decorated with a Kremlin. The mosque is open to the public, inside there is a Museum and shops with souvenirs.
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  • Beautiful landmark within Kazan Kremlin, modern yet classical interior. The mosque is welcoming not only muslims, but tourists in general.
  • If you have the chance, go in the evening, by sunset. Might be the most beautiful building I've ever seen .
  • Tolerant to toutists. Beautiful both on the outside and on the inside.
  • Absolutely beautiful! It's hard to believe such a thing exists in Russia.
  • It was very beautiful place I was super happy to see this place

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Home to numerous sights and known as the Third Capital of Russia, the city of Kazan is the prime destination in Tatarstan. The city boasts a selection of accommodations to match every taste and budget. While it may lack the extravagance of some of Moscow's high-end hotels, it still offers a good selection of both modern and historical luxury lodging. Most of the city's best-known hotels sit relatively close to the center, so you don't have to worry about long commutes. Venture just beyond the center to find several smaller boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hostels, as well as numerous fully furnished apartments available for short-term rental.
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