The unpretentious Baroque style is displayed in one of the earliest Muslim stone buildings of Kazan. No wonder that the Apanay (Apanaevsky) Mosque has the proud status of a monument of federal significance. It is an integral part of the charm of the ancient Staraya Tatarskaya Sloboda (Old Tatar suburb).
The mosque was built in the Baroque style and the outside decoration is very modest, but the magnificent interior amazes the visitors. Unfortunately, the architect who created this beauty is unknown.
It was built at the expense of Yakub ibn Sultangaliya, a merchant, between 1768-1771, after the leaders of the Muslim community of Kazan received permission from Empress Catherine II to build two stone mosques to replace burned and destroyed ones. Since the 18th century until the beginning of the 20th century, the Apanaev family was in charge of the mosque, and so the mosque was named after them. Its other name, Baiskaya, is also relevant. After being taken over by Soviet rule, the mosque was closed. For many years its image had been changing so much that it was difficult to recognize it. Only in 2011, after a comprehensive restoration, there was an official opening of the Apanaevsky mosque.
Bus: Take number 1, 5, 6, 10, 10a, 23, 30, 31, 35, 35a, 37, 47, 53, 54, 56, 63, 65, 72, 74, 74a, 85, 91, or 99 until the stop named Teatr Kamala (Theater Named after Kamal).
Trolleybus: Take number 3, 5, 7, 10 until the stop named Teatr Kamala (Theater Named after Kamal).
Metro: Arrive at the Ploshchad Tukaya station (Tukai Square)