Located near Kazan, Russia, The Kul Sharif Mosque was initially built in the sixteenth century.
It derived its name after a religious leader, who breathed his last along with many of his pupils while defending the Kazan from the Russian army in the year 1552. It is thought that the building had minarets in the shape of both tents and cupolas. Ivan the Terrible destroyed the Mosque during the siege of Kazan in 1552.
The holy place was rebuilt with the help of funds contributed by several countries including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Thousands of Muslims gather to this place to pray during major Muslim celebrations.