27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Main mosque of Kazan has become increasingly popular among Muslim visitors during Ramadan

Kazan is famous for its mosques, as many citizens are Muslims. The central mosque of the city, Kul-Sharif, located on the territory of the Kazan Kremlin and which is one of the main attractions of the city, during the Universiade is gaining more and more popularity among the tourists and visitors of the capital of Tatarstan, especially with the start of the holy month of Ramadan.


About one hundred thousands visitors and tourists from around all the world, many of whom are adherents of Islam, came to the Kazan Universiade. On July 9 at the height of the Universiade 2013 the holy month of Ramadan began for all the world's Muslims. In welcoming Kazan all conditions for comfortable carrying out this month are created: the prayer rooms for salah reading are located at the airport, the Kazan Arena, the main stadium of the Universiade, in the Main Media Center, as well as at the Universiade Village. More than that the dozens of the mosques where the faithful Muslims can pray at any time are located in the city. However, all the attention of the Muslim guests is focused on the most beautiful mosque of Kazan - Kul-Sharif. It is not just a masterpiece of architecture, it is an active mosque, where the sacred rituals are performed every day. Daily Kul-Sharif is visited by the hundreds of Muslims from various countries such as Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Egypt, Oman, UAE and many others. With the start of Ramadan visitors Kul-Sharif is growing. In the holy month the Summer Universiade 2013 gathered on one land the Islam representatives from approximately 40 countries all around the world.

Despite the fact that the athletes during the competition are allowed with an indulgence, some of them do not depart from the Muslim canons and adhere to strict abstinence. In addition, all conditions for it are created at the Universiade Village. However, the athletes decided to visit the main mosque of Kazan to satisfy their spiritual needs.


On July 12, the fourth day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the participants of the 27th World University Summer Games in Kazan visited Kremlin and performed Friday salah in the Kul-Sharif Mosque. Several foreign delegations of the Games expressed a desire to see the sights of the Kazan Kremlin and pray. In the end of prays the holy book of Muslims, the Qur'an, printed with the special tatar type tatar-basmasy was solemnly given to each foreign guest.

Most of the international delegation visited one of the main attractions of the cultural capital of Tatarstan for the first time, and were amazed by the beauty and grandeur of the mosque. Not every country has such a magnificent monument of Islamic culture.




Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate