Kul Sharif Mosque

Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan

Kul Sharif Mosque
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,246 contributions
The Kul Sharif Mosque is one of the most prominent sights in Kazan with an interesting history behind it. It's turquoise blue dome and minarets stand out on the city's panorama.
The original Mosque on this place dates back to early 16c. However it was demolished to ground when Ivan the Terrible attacked Kazan. It's named after Imam Kul Sharif, who died defending the city with his scholars during Ivan's invasion.
The present Mosque was finished in 2005, at the time of millennium celebrations of Kazan foundation. It's a symbol of multiethnic Tatarstan standing few hundred meters from the Annunciation Cathedral.
Visiting the Mosque is free, and the interiors are also very nice. The ground floor is for men, while female pray on the second floor. Do climb the third floor terrace from where you can admire the entire interior with its lotus like ceiling.
In the basement is a small Islamic museum with a small entry fee.
Written May 13, 2021
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Takarasina
957 contributions
Built by the Turks, financed by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran (well, by the Russian government also, of course!), adorned with calligraphy by the Iraqis. A global Muslim project :))
Me and my wife visited this architectural piece of art in Mid-June. Stepping in, we stopped awestruck. From the inside it looks even lighter and more sophisticated than from the outside. Big windows, rib vaults, intricate arabesques, carpets... Though Islam in Tatarstan is not very strict, still visitors must be dressed appropriately. Men and women are not obliged to walk separately, however.
Climb the balcony. The view therefrom is well worth the efforts taken.
Strongly recommended!
Written June 19, 2021
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Naija M
England, UK601 contributions
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Probably the most famous and easily recognisable building in Kazan. This Mosque is beautiful both inside and out. Entry is free, it’s well worth climbing the stairs to the two balconies as these offer great views of the mosque. There is also a small museum in the basement.
Written February 27, 2022
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Casa62
Brisbane, Australia449 contributions
This may be a new mosque compared to others around the world but it's still beautiful. Took photos day and night.
The interior is also impressive and its good to spend some quiet time in there when prayers are beung held.
One of the symbols of kazan .
Written July 30, 2020
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Ron_A_B722
Toowoomba, Australia47 contributions
The view from below the Kazan kremlin area is spectacle. As you walk up the hill you get a great sense of history with many of the older buildings on this site. But this mosque is practically brand new but fits in so well with all the buildings around it - a must see.
Written December 21, 2020
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borsos94
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The mosque is absolutely worth to see, it's a good idea to visit it in the evening also, it looks different, than in the daylight. I also recommend the Museum of Islam. The entry is free to the mosque. At the entry women can take there a headscarf if they don't have one.
Written February 12, 2020
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Cora_v
Kyiv26,205 contributions
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I’m very well travelled around the Islamic world and have seen great many stunning examples of Islamic architecture of different schools and styles.

While not without charm – I was particularly fascinated by its slim beautiful minarets and most scenic location – Kul Sharif was not the most impressive mosque I’ve ever been to. It is relatively new and conveys no ambience of centuries. But of course, keeping in mind we are in Russia, it looks fairly impressive as it is.

My experience of visiting Kul Sharif was a bit disappointing. At the time of no service the mosque is turned into some kind of a walk-in museum, and as such loses its spirit completely.

There’s no division for male/female parts. All visitors are allowed to ascend the narrow stairs to the balcony to watch the mosque interior from up there. The balcony is small and becomes crowded fast enough.

Compared to the richest decoration of the mosques in, for instance, Shiraz or Abu Dhabi, the interior of Kul Sharif is somewhat simple and restrained. When I was there, the main hall was almost unlit and looked grim. And that took away much of the interior beauty.

You don’t take your shoes off when entering Kul Sharif; they sell one-use boot covers for RUR 3 at the entrance. There are also skirts and headscarves, so even if you are not dressed properly for attending a mosque, you can use these, should you wish to enter.

Of course, Kul Sharif is quite a prominent landmark of Kazan and cannot be missed. It provides for fantastic photo opportunities, especially from the outside, as a part of Kremlin ensemble. But I enjoyed modest ancient mosques in the Old Tatar Sloboda much more.
Written July 11, 2013
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Jessie
Virginia155 contributions
You don’t have to be Muslim to enjoy this mosque, it’s obvious that they work very hard to inform people about Islam. You can go up on the balcony and see where both the men and women pray, and then go down to the museum of Islamic Culture in the bottom. There is a small fee to get in, but it’s a wonderful experience. All throughout both the mosque itself and the museum are old Korans, art work, and artifacts that inform you about Islam. Women should be aware that you do have to cover your knees and head. If you don’t bring a scarf with you, they will provide one, and they’re pretty relaxed about it, so don’t worry. This is one of my personal favorite sites in Kazan!
Written September 27, 2019
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UmmiKay
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania82 contributions
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The Mosque is a beautiful sight to see. The area has a huge park-like scene where you can sit and enjoy the view of the Mosque as well as the city below.
Written March 20, 2019
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Mercy C
Moscow, Russia11 contributions
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far from middle east, different nations, but same religion and same God.
you must close your eyes and feel, where you are
Written November 19, 2015
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Kul Sharif Mosque is open:
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Fri - Fri 1:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


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