Hazret Sultan is one the largest and newest mosques in the Central Asia located in Kazakhstan. It is called ‘the pearl of the city’. Let us check now what interesting is about it.
The official opening ceremony of the mosque took place on 6 of July.
It was President of Kazakhstan who gave the name to the mosque.
A tragic event occurred during construction of the building last year when the mosque was engulfed with fire. 1 worker died that time. Now the building occupies over 11 hectares of land and has a huge parking lot.
Before the very dawn the wide corridor reminds of the path to heaven.
The entire territory of the mosque including the five fountains is lightened at night.
Prayer hall for men, dressing-room for men, ablution room for men
The name Muhammad is read on the door.
The road next to the entrance looks like the Kazakh ornament.
The mosque has the largest dome in Kazakhstan. It is 51 meters high and 28 meters wide. The crescent faces Mecca.
Every minaret is 77 meters high.
The huge vestibule is a closed yard with a fountain.
One or two visitors reading the Koran can be found here in the early morning.
The holy book is available in four languages: Arabian, Kazakh, Russian and English.
Words from the Koran are inscribed in the picture.
The silver Koran is a true copy of an ancient Islamic manuscript of the 18th century made of silver at the Moscow Mint. The original is stored in Saint-Petersburg.
The carpet is brought from Turkey.
The second floor embraces guest rooms, classrooms, etc.
One can reach the third floor either by stairs or elevator.
Prayer halls for women are on the third floor.
The hall where women pray is separated from the rest part of the hall.
The hall leads to the restaraunt and marriage room.
The largest restaraunt in Astana is used to celebrate memorable events of people’s life such as wedding.
In the afternoon anyone can go inside the mosque and look around. You just need to wear special clothes.
They have a lot of tourists.
At 8 p.m. women and men must enter the mosque separately.
Hardly it could be possible in the Soviet time…