Temple of all religions in Kazan

Is Kazan really a religious city

The Temple of All Religions is a complex with unique architecture, located on the banks of the Volga in the village of Old Arakchino. 10 kilometers from the capital of Tatarstan. The author of the idea and the founder is the sculptor-monumentalist, architect, famous Tatar artist Khanov Ildar Mansaveevich.

The Temple of All Religions is a unique project!

While traveling around the world, the architect had an idea to create a Center for Culture and Spiritual Unity. Construction began in 1994 after Jesus appeared to Ildar in a dream. When he woke up, he began to dig the foundation on his site. The construction was carried out only with donations and the artist's personal money. In February 2013, Ildar Khanov passed away due to a long illness.

In November 2016, the building became the property of the architect's younger brother, the icon painter Ilgiz Khanov.

A close friend helped Ildar Khanov to build the Temple of All Religions in Kazan. Mansur Zinnatov lived and worked as a caretaker in the temple for 23 years. Even after the artist's death, he refused to leave him and abandon the construction site. For four years none of the legal heirs could get into the house. After the relatives applied to the court, Zinnatov was obliged to leave the premises.

In April 2017, a fire broke out in the complex. The manager's body was found by rescuers under the rubble on the second floor. The area damaged by fire and water during the extinguishing was 200 square meters. The old and most valuable part of the building - the house of the Khanov family - was completely burnt down. Also, the flame destroyed the last of the artist's paintings, manuscripts, Ildar's personal library.

In July 2017, a reconstruction project was prepared. Construction resumed and restoration work began.

According to the author, the main activities of the center of culture are:

  • Informational ;
  • Cultural ;
  • Educational ;
  • Health-improving and preventive activities;
  • Aesthetics of the interior and exterior environment of the center;
  • Military-patriotic movement;
  • Environmental movement.

Ildar Khanov had plans to create on the territory of the complex:

  • the national museum of contemporary art, where they will collect, preserve and systematically exhibit works of art, painting, sculpture, monumental art;
  • a museum of all known religious denominations and ancient civilizations;
  • children's art and environmental school;
  • an astronomical observatory;
  • to build an orphanage and a home for the elderly;
  • a wellness center for people with alcohol and drug addiction problems.

The meaning of the Temple

Perhaps the most original, striking and controversial architectural monument is the Temple of All Religions in the vicinity of Kazan. It is 15 minutes away by public transport. The village of Old Arakchino in Tatarstan became famous thanks to this particular structure.

You cannot pass by it: its domes and turrets are so bright that even if you happen to be here by chance, you will reach for your camera to take a picture of this wonderful building.

According to the idea, it should combine Orthodoxy, Islam, Catholicism, Judaism and a number of other religious trends. But this is not a cathedral where parishioners of different confessions come with prayer. There are no services here, you will not meet a priest or a mule. The temple of all religions is a museum. There were attempts to create something similar in other countries, but the Kazan architect managed to do it here, in Russia.

We must warn you that repair and construction work is still underway on the territory, so be prepared for a small amount of garbage.

Address: Tatarstan, p. Old Arakchino, st. Staro-Arakchinskaya, 4

Coordinates: 55.00554, 48.74865

Working hours: daily, 8: 00-20: 00

Interesting facts

The idea to create such an unusual complex belongs to a local artist and architect Ildar Khanov. He traveled a lot in Tibet and India, and when he returned to Kazan, he decided to unite different religions under one roof. The temple took a long time to build. The foundation was laid in 1992, and the construction of the building was completed only 21 years later. Khanov died when the temple was almost ready. After his death, the case was taken up by his brother and sister. This local attraction has become one of the most popular among tourists who come to Tatarstan.

What to see

Each hall of the Temple of All Religions in Kazan is decorated in its own unique style. It is as if you will visit different countries and even plunge into different eras.

Egyptian Hall

A spacious room with white walls and a high ceiling, decorated with carpets and colorful stained glass windows. Visitors can see with their own eyes copies of artifacts from the culture of Ancient Egypt, including statues of famous Egyptian pharaohs.

The gem of Kazan - the Kul Sharif mosque located in the Kremlin - seems to imply that Kazan is not just a religious, but also a predominantly Muslim city

Yes, the titular nation of Tatarstan - the Tatars - professes Islam.

But to say that absolutely all Tatars regularly visit the mosque and read namaz is like saying about all Russians that they all go to church every day.

There are many atheists among those and others, and usually the more enlightened a person is, the weaker the desire to go to the temple in him, even if faith in the depths of his soul glimmers.

Why are there so many visitors in the temples then?

I think it depends on which temples. If in the same Kul Sharif or, say, in the Raifa monastery, which is near Kazan, then most of the visitors are tourists or simply townspeople who came to see the beauty of the mosque or walk along the shady paths of the monastery courtyard, listen to the silence of Lake Raifa.

And in ordinary temples there are no more people than in the accounting department of the plant the next day after the payment of wages.

My Tatar wife and I have never, by the way, been to the mosque, and we were in Raif only to take a walk without going into churches.

The thing is, we are both non-religious. I think this is one of the keys to the success of an interethnic marriage: there is no unnecessary reason for disputes.

We do not need to foaming at the mouth to defend the priority right of children to be baptized or to read the name of the mullah.

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