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Nurulla Mosque

The Nurulla Mosque was the first of a new type of mosque with a ground minaret on the side of the building. The mosque is located on the corner of Moskovskaya and Parizhskoi Kommuny Streets and is an example of the eclectic national-romantic movement. The minaret was installed at the time when the mosque was being rebuilt on a hexagonal tambour, and is made complete by a low tier with openings, similar to the battlements of medieval towers. If you get a chance, make sure you visit this mosque on a sunny day when you will see the sunlight beam through the round stained-glass windows to cast coloured bursts of light on the floor and walls of the hall. The ablution room on the first floor is decorated with real marble and is made complete by a decorative fountain with a carved bowl.

Historical reference

The mosque was built in 1849 on the site of a former hay market - the shopping centre of Kazan of that time. It was built with funds donated by the Yunusov brothers, as stipulated in their fathers’ will - the merchant of the first guild - Gubaydulla Yunusov. In 1929 the mosque was closed down, and its minaret was dismantled. In 1990, the mosque was returned to the community of believers and was given the name "Nurullah". In 1990-1995 the church and minaret were restored based on the project of architect Rafik Bilyalov.

How to get there

Nearest Bus Stops — «Theatre Kamala», «ul. Parizhskoy Kommuny»; Metro Station «Ploshchad Tukaya»


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