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Temple of All Religions, Kazan

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The Temple of All Religions or the Universal Temple is an architectural complex in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict of Kazan, Russia. It consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, and a synagogue, among others. It is currently under construction, having been started in 1992 by local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov. The structure serves as a cultural center and a residence for Khanov and his assistants.Khanov is known for his efforts in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and various other diseases. His former and current patients help him to maintain and develop the Temple, either by direct involvement in the construction work or through sponsorship.The structure is not an active temple of any one religion, but rather, as Khanov describes its mission, a "temple of culture and truth". It has become a popular landmark in the city of Kazan, which takes pride in the peaceful combination of different cultures . The Temple is visited both by tourists and by people seeking Khanov's help.Khanov says that eventually the structure will have 16 cupolas, corresponding to the 16 major world religions including past religions that are no longer practiced.
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  • I went there with my new Tatar friends, and yeah we were lucky enough to get in. Simply knocks on the door and if there is someone inside, they will open it for you and you will be invited to get in. ...  more »
  • Beautiful place inside do not hit. Local authorities need to somehow highlight territory in front of the temple, and then go on the road, almost dangerous!
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  • Surprisingly clean. It is a pity that not to get inside. Together with Tatars-tour. Very interesting told about the place of the man who invented and embodied in the life of the project.
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