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Astrakhan Oblast , Astrakhan

The White Mosque

The White Mosque is the city’s oldest mosque, recognised as the object of cultural heritage of Russia. Like other building of that time, it was initially built of wood. Its first written reference dates back to 1777.

The stone mosque that we see nowadays was built in 1810 on the place of the former wooden one. The construction was financed by David Izmailov, the Tatar merchant of the first guild,. In 1930-1992, the mosque was used for other purposes: kindergarten, sewing shop, bakery, and plywood factory. During this period, the building was reconstructed several times. The Astrakhan region Executive Committee recognized the complex consisting of the building of the mosque, the ablution facilities and the gate, as an architectural monument.

In 1992 the building was returned to religious believers. By this time, the mihrab and minaret had been lost, windows openings had been widened, and the one-floor space of the mosque had been divided by into three floors. In 1997,» Haji-Tarkhan « madrasa, an Islamic school, was opened in the mosque.

In 2000, the restoration of the mosque was launched and the original one-floor planning was restored.

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Address: Астраханская обл., г. Астрахань, ул. Бэра, 15

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