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Pamyatnyy Znak (Commemorative Sign) to mark the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bolgars in 922

"Pamyatnyy Znak" ("Commemorative Sign") is an octagonal building, the walls of which are decorated with ornaments, and the dome is covered with gilding. The main hall is home to the world's largest printed Quran that’s been listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. The height of the Quran is 2 metres, by 1.5 metres wide, weighing a total of 500 kilograms. It contains 632 sheets of special paper made partly of silk and silver. The book's cover is covered with calfskin and encrusted with malachite, and 18 kinds of semiprecious stones in silver gilt inserts. It is lit by a forged chandelier weighing 1,200 kilograms, installed in the dome’s ceiling. On the ground floor there is an exhibition of paintings "Bolgar through the eyes of artists", and on the main floor - a mosaic panel with a height of 2 metres by 5 metres wide, which depicts a historical moment - the adoption of Islam by the Volga Bolgars in 922.

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