|St Petersburg Mosque. (Source: Wikipedia)|
The mosque was built in 1913 and at that time, there were about 8,000 Muslims living there. The mosque was built to accomodate all these people. Its architect wanted to copy the Gure Amir in Samarkand in Uzbekistan. Gure Amir was not a mosque but rather a tomb of Tamerlane. Tamerlane was recognised as a military genius wwas the most powerful ruler in the Muslim World in the 15th century.
Work began in 1910 when Emperor Nicholas II gave the permission to purchase the site. The site was opposite the Peter and Paul's Fortress, said to be where the first fort was built in St Petersburg. Skilled craftsmen from Central Asia worked on the mosque.
|A Closer View of the St Petersburg Mosque which I took when I visited it on 29th June 2012. (Source: Rozan Yunos, 2012)|
Even though it does not claim to be a tourist spot, many tourists ended up there nevertheless. When I visited it, there was a number of tourists there as well.