Moscow Cathedral MosqueThe Cathedral Mosque is a spectacular building and the center of Islamic culture in Moscow.
The mosque can host over 10,000 worshipers at one time and is one of the largest mosques in Europe. It looks majestic both inside and outside!
The HistoryMoscow Cathedral Mosque was raised in 2015 to replace an older mosque that was built in 1904. However, it was not the oldest mosque in the city.
The first mosque in Moscow was built in the late 18th century at the time of Empress Catherine the Great. Catherine II was the first Russian ruler, who was tolerant of the religious and cultural identity of the large Muslim population of Russia. As a result, all restrictions on mosque construction were lifted. However, the oldest mosque in Zamoskvorechie district did not survive to our days.
The Moscow Cathedral Mosque was the only mosque that functioned during Soviet times. However, in 2005 the city authorities decided to renovate it. After the reconstruction, the mosque has grown 20 times! Its area is 18.9 thousand square meters, the building can accommodate more than 10 thousand people.
The architecture and interior of the mosqueMoscow Cathedral Mosque was built to symbolize the friendship between the Russian and Tatar peoples. The two tallest minarets are similar to the Spassky Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and the leaning tower of the Kazan Kremlin.
The walls of the old mosque are integrated into the new complex - they were dismantled and reassembled from modern materials, retaining the same appearance as in 1904.
The Museum of Islam in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque of Moscow is located on the third floor and is free to visit. Here you can see the oldest manuscripts of the Koran. You will find examples of Arabic calligraphy, dating from the 8th century with the advent of Kufic writing. The kufi style gives the writing the effect of being carved in stone or inlaid with mosaics. Quran manuscripts are works of art. Calligraphy differed depending on the region. Artists began to use not only ink but also colored paints and gold.
The museum of Islam
The museum also has the hair of Mohammed, donated by the Chechen Republic, as well as the "Silver Koran". "Silver Quran" is a copy of the 8th-century manuscript "Usman's Quran", made of silver 999 at the Moscow Mint. The original is located in St. Petersburg.
- The mosque can be easily accessed via the metro. Just take Koltsevaya line 5 (brown) and stop at Prospekt Mira station and walk towards the stadium. It’ll take you about 5 -7 min to walk.
- Men and women use separate doors to enter. You’ll need to take off your shoes. Women have to put on a robe with a hood that is offered for free. You'll leave your coats and shoes in a cloakroom.
- You may visit the mosque on your own or book a tour. We think that a tour of the Moscow cathedral Moscow will be interesting not only for Muslims but for any visitor of Moscow. The visit will give you a chance to explore amazing interiors and learn the history of Islamic culture in Russia. We may include the visit in any of your Moscow trips.
- If you book a tour the guide can accompany you on a roof-top panoramic platform which gives you a chance to see the building from a different perspective.
- You may find several halal cafes in the area.