Kazan Mosques Tour (Self Guided), Kazan

The beautiful city of Kazan sees a greater number of tourists each year. Famous for its amazing mosques with stunning minarets and Muslim architecture, the following tour will lead you to the city’s most significant ones.
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Kazan Mosques Tour Map

Guide Name: Kazan Mosques Tour
Guide Location: Russia » Kazan (See other walking tours in Kazan)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.9 Km or 6.2 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque
  • Äcem Mosque
  • Iske Tash Mosque
  • Blue Mosque
  • Bornay Mosque
  • Märcani Mosque
  • Nurulla Mosque
  • Soltan Mosque
  • Qolsharif Mosque
Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque

1) Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque

The Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque, or Anniversary Mosque, was built to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the Islamization of the Volga Bulgars in 922. Based on the design of Pechnikov from 1914, the mosque was built from 1924 to 1926 with private donations from Muslims. It was the only mosque built in the region during the Soviet period. Closed in the 1930s, it was eventually reopened for services in 1991. It is commonly referred to as the Mosque Across the Qaban, since most of Kazan's mosques are found on the other side of the Qaban where the Tatar community was traditionally located before the October Revolution.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Äcem Mosque

2) Äcem Mosque

Äcem Mosque, a prominent Kazan mosque, was constructed with funds donated by Mortaza Äcimev from 1887 to 1890 by an unknown architect. Built in a National Romance Eclectic architectural style, its minaret is 51 meters high. The building has two halls, is one story tall and the interior has traditional Oriental embellishments. From 1930 to 1992 the mosque was not used due to Soviet authorities. In 1990 restoration began and in 1992 it was returned to believers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Iske Tash Mosque

3) Iske Tash Mosque

According to the old legend, Iske Tash Mosque was erected on the place of a communal grave of the fighting men who defended Kazan in 1552. The grave was marked by a big old stone (zur iske taş), which has been preserved in front of the east facade of the mosque for many years after its erection. The mosque was built in 1802 with donations of merchant Ğabdulla Ütämişev.

In 1830 it was reconstructed according to the project of Alexander Schmidt. The mosque's façades were rebuilt in classicism traditions. Their strictness is accentuated by the minaret with three tiers set on a thick cross wall between the praying rooms. The minarets' shape is associated with the minarets in the ancient towns Bolghar and Kasimov. The mosque is two-storied, has two halls, the minaret is placed in the center of gable roof.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Blue Mosque

4) Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque is a monument to Tatar religious architecture and the stylistic forms of provincial Baroque. Built in 1819, it was closed by Soviet authorities in the 1930s and reopened for worship in 1993. Also known as the 4th Cathedral Mosque, this two-story mosque was built with the financial help of merchant Aitova-Zamanova. Its façades and interior combine a Baroque style with ornamental elements of Tatar decorative arts. The mosque has two prayer rooms and a three-story minaret.
Bornay Mosque

5) Bornay Mosque

Funds for Bornay Mosque’s construction were donated by Möxämmätsadíq Bornayıv and realized by the efforts of Pyotr Ivanovich Romanov in 1872. Built from red brick in a National Romance Eclectic style, its minaret was built in 1895, and is believed to have been designed by Fyodor Nikolayevich Malinovsky. Its interior is done in the medieval Tatar and Russian traditions. In 1930 Bornay Mosque was out of service due to Soviet authorities and in 1994 was returned to believers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Märcani Mosque

6) Märcani Mosque

After several decades of persecution of the Muslims in Imperial Russia the Märcani Mosque was the first mosque, built in Kazan. It is the oldest acting mosque in Tatarstan and it was the only mosque in Kazan that escaped closure during the Soviet period. The mosque was built in traditions of the Tatar medieval architecture combined with provincial baroque style, and it represents a typical Tatar mosque. The mosque is situated in the Old Tatar Quarter (İske Tatar Bistäse) of Kazan at the bank of the lake Qaban.

Märcani Mosque is two-storied and has two halls. The interior is designed in The Petersburg Baroque style. In 1861 merchant İ. Ğ. Yunısov donated the addition of stairs, and in 1863 he donated the extension of mirhab and the breaching of new window. In that period the mosque was called Yunısovs' mosque after his family. In 1885 merchant Z. Ğosmanov donated the renovation of the minaret. In 1887 merchants W. Ğizzätullin and M. Wälişin added the tracery balcony to the minaret. The mosque is currently named after Tatar scholar Şihabetdin Märcani who worked there as imam since 1850.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Nurulla Mosque

7) Nurulla Mosque

Nurulla Mosque, built from 1845 to 1849 with the donations of merchant Ğ.M. Yunısov by A.K. Loman, has two stories, a hall with cupola and a three-story minaret over the southern entrance. Its decorative elements are similar to those of medieval Volga Bulgaria and the Middle East. In 1929 the minaret was destroyed, and until 1992 the mosque was used for apartments and offices. In 1992 it was renamed Nurullah and returned to believers. Restoration took place between 1990 and 1995, overseen by R. W. Bilalov, and the minaret was also restored.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Soltan Mosque

8) Soltan Mosque

Soltan Mosque, also called the Eighth Cathedral Mosque or Red Mosque, was built in 1867 from the donation of a rich merchant. It is one of Kazan’s small mosques, with one hall and a ground-based minaret three stories high. A monument to Tatar religious architecture, it combines Tatar-Bolghar medieval with a National Romance style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Qolsharif Mosque

9) Qolsharif Mosque (must see)

The Qolşärif mosque in Kazan Kremlin, was reputed to be - at the time of its construction - the largest mosque in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul. Originally, the mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It was named after Qolşärif who served there. Qolsharif died with his numerous students while defending Kazan from Russian forces in 1552. It is believed that the building featured minarets, both in the form of cupolas and tents. Its design was traditional for Volga Bulgaria, although elements of early Renaissance and Ottoman architecture could have been used as well.

Qolsharif is considered to be one of the most important symbols of Tatar aspirations. Nowadays the mosque predominantly serves as a Museum of Islam. At the same time during the major Muslim celebrations thousands of people gather there to pray. The Qolsharif complex was envisioned to be an important cornerstone of Kazan's architectural landscape. Besides the main mosque building it includes a library, publishing house and Imam's office.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Kazan, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Create Your Own Walk in Kazan

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kazan is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

Kazan has served as a cultural crossroads of many regions, providing it with amazing architecture and places of interest. It features several fascinating museums you will surely enjoy. Take the following tour to discover Kazan’s charming history and cultural roots.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 Km or 4.8 Miles
Kazan's Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan Introduction Walking Tour

Kazan’s diverse cultural heritage, heavily inspired by the creativity of such well-known figures as Gorky and Shalyapin, also has a significant influence on the surrounding regions. Take the following tour to explore the traditions of this highly developed cultural center of Russia.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles