In 2005, in the territory of the Kazan Kremlin, the Qolşärif (Qol Sharif) Mosque was built in memory of the legendary Khanate of Kazan mosque. Along with the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral, it has become a symbol of the reunification of the two religions. The inner space of the mosque is designed for 1,500 people.
The dome of the building resembles a Kazan cap, which was previously worn by The Khans. The 5-story mosque also houses a museum of Islamic culture. The interior decoration is complemented with a beautiful chandelier weighing 2.5 tons, sketched by Tatarstan artists in the Czech Republic. Hardwood floors are carpeted by luxurious Persian carpets. Also, the mosque has a spectacular nighttime illumination.
Only a few descriptions and drawings remain from the ancient mosque. It was headed by Seid Kul Sharif. He led the defense of the city and was killed during the siege of Kazan. According to the legend, when it was burnt in the fire, the shape of the mosque amazed the attackers so much that they decided to memorialize it in the form of St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, which was built to commemorate the capture of Kazan.
Bus: Take number 6, 15, 29, 35, 35a, 37, 47, 74, 74a, or 75 until the stop named Tsentralny Stadion (Central Stadium)
Trolleybus: Take number 2 or 10 until the stop named Tsentralny Stadion (Central Stadium)
Metro: Arrive at the Kremlevskaya (the Kremlin) station