Photographer's Note

Though the Kul Sharif Mosque was built in 2005, its history goes back to ancient times. The new Mosque is one of the most important symbols of Kazan and the Republic of Tatarstan.

Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Qolşärif, who served there. Qolşärif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well. In 1552, during the storming of Kazan it was destroyed by Ivan The Terrible.

Construction period: 1995-2005
The height of the minarets: 57 meters

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