Temple of All Religions, Kazan

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The Temple of All Religions (Russian: Храм всех религий, Tatar: Барлык диннәр гыйбәдәтханәсе) or the Universal Temple (Russian: Вселенский храм) is a unique architectural complex in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict of Kazan, Russia. It consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, and a synagogue, among others. It is currently under construction since 1992, started by local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov (1940 - 2013). The structure now serves as a cultural center and a residence for Khanov's brother and sister, who both continue to serve as guides and supervisors of the complex.
Khanov was known for his efforts in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and various other addictions. His patients helped him to maintain and develop the Temple, either by direct involvement in the construction work or through sponsorship.

The structure is not an active temple of any religion, but rather, as Khanov described its mission, a "temple of culture and truth". It has become a popular landmark in the city of Kazan, which takes pride in the peaceful combination of different cultures (Islamic Tatar culture, Orthodox Russian, and others). The Temple is often visited by local and overseas tourists.

Khanov said that eventually the structure should have 16 cupolas, corresponding to the 16 major world religions, including past religions that are no longer practiced.
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  • 카잔 크레믈, 바우만 거리에서 왕복 1시간 소요하여 갈수 있는데, 관람은 5분이면 끝나고 다른곳 처럼 유서깊은 곳이 아니라 최근에 관람용으로 만든 느낌에 아직 내부에 지어지지 않은곳도 많아 어수선합니다. 정말 시간이 많지않다면 카잔 중심가 위주와 크레믈만 봐도 충분합니다. 딱히 보러올 이유는 없는곳. Quite small space and also not....  more »
  • The church is reachable with a cab in 20 minutes time (around 150 ruble). Though I would not recommend going, the outside looks nice but the inside is just a disappointment for 100 rubles. Better to.....  more »

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