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Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan

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Religious Site
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. Put Kul Sharif Mosque into our Kazan travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kazan.
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TripAdvisor
  • ... in a historical surrounding. It is really up to each individual to like it or not, without hurting religious feelings.  more »
  • Excellent place to be at Kazan Kremlin. Quite scenic and photogenic. You can spend a full day with family at Kremlin and places around it.  more »
  • If you must see one thing in Kazan, that's it! Grandiose, elegant and a beauty. The largest mosque in Europe (not counting Istanbul's, because it wasn't originally a mosque). Make a second trip at nig...  more »
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  • Amazing place. Beautifully decorated and welcoming to everyone.
  • Very beautiful mosque in the heart of old town Kasan (Kreml), just inaugurated 2005. Free visit, very interesting inside into islamic religion.
  • Absolutely gorgeous and fantastic...serene atmosphere...glory to Russia
  • one of the beautiful mosque......
  • This is a wonderful architecture of Kazan especially outside. Museum and exhibition inside have no English.