Qolşärif Mosque is a mosque located in Kazan Kremlin, the citadel within the city of Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Its name is also written as Kul Sharif Mosque. Although the present mosque was completed in 1996, it was based on the design of the original mosque built by the Qolşärif, or religious leader, who served there in the 16th century. The Qolşärif was martyred along with his students when the city of Kazan was invaded by Russian forces led by Ivan the Terrible in 1552.
Qolşärif Mosque, Kazan, Russia
Kul Sharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin, Russia
The Qolşärif Mosque was built in the Volga Bulgarian architectural style, with elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture incorporated into the design. Architectural scholars have pointed to elements in the design appearing in St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, namely the placement of 8 minarets and a central cupola which are not typical to Russian architecture.
In the late 20th century, a decision was taken to rebuilt the Qolşärif Mosque, as a way to rekindle Kazan identity. Although the newly rebuilt mosque appears modern, it is faithful to the original mosque in design. The new complex includes a library and the office of the Imam. It is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city of Kazan.
A replica of the Qolşärif Mosque can be found at Taman Tamadun Islam, an Islamic-themed monument park in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.
Inside Qolşärif Mosque
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