Azimov Mosque of Kazan City Russia

Azimov Mosque of Kazan City Russia

Azimov Mosque of Kazan City Russia
Azimov Mosque of Kazan City Russia 

Kazan is famous for its religious buildings. There are more than a dozen of them in the city, but there are several that deserve special attention. These include the 19th century Azimov Mosque, which serves both as an adornment of the capital of Tatarstan and as a monument of cult architecture. Therefore, it is visited not only by believers, but also by tourists eager for new attractions. Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan City Russia

A Bit of History

The construction of the mosque dates back to 1890. It was built on the site of an old wooden church in 1804. It has not yet been possible to establish the author of the project, but it is known that the building was made in the style of national-romantic eclecticism, and the event was sponsored by one of the richest Kazan merchants M. M. Azimov. Initially, A. Abdulgafarov served as the imam in the mosque, who laid the foundation for a whole dynasty of clergy.

In the first half of the 20th century, the Azimov Mosque, like many other religious buildings in the USSR, was closed by the authorities. It was returned to parishioners only in 1989.

In the period from 1930 to 1992, the building was used for a variety of purposes, except for religious - it housed government and public organizations. And for several years it was generally abandoned, although it was located in the city's industrial center. Thanks to the reconstruction under the direction of the famous architect R. V. Bilyapov, carried out in the early 90s, today the mosque is considered a wonderful architectural monument.


The temple belongs to the type of two-hall mosques and is distinguished by a 51-meter ground minaret facing north. The latter is worthy of special attention, since it consists of several tiers passing one into the other. A circular balcony sits on a lush cornice flanking The skylight, while the mosque's decorative delights are accentuated by finely profiled caissons and carvings in the shape of a white stone chain. The entrance of the prayer hall is preceded by a lancet portal and side doors with colored stained-glass windows. Its interior design is striking with Eastern Muslim motives.

The proportions of the main hall are perfectly adjusted, and the interior is spiced with architectural delights that create a sublime and solemn atmosphere. 

Thanks to the peculiar design of the facades, the unrecognized architect managed to give his brainchild a romantic look. Modern decoration and a beautiful fence add to the perfection of the structure. Today the mosque is owned by the Muslim community, and next to it is the house where the mullah lives. Kul-Sharif Mosque of Kazan City Russia

Practical Information

Address: Kazan, st. Fatkullina, 15.

Opening hours: every day, 24 hours a day.

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