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One of Europe’s largest mosques opens in Moscow

Thousands of Muslims have gathered in central Moscow to witness the opening of one of the biggest mosques in Europe.


The ceremony was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The mosque was officially opened by the Russian president and Russian Grand Mufti Rawil Gaynetdin on Wednesday.

The Moscow Cathedral Mosque was built back in 1904. Since 2011 the building has undergone complete reconstruction. The size of the complex has been increased 20 times and is now more than 19,000 square meters which enables it to hold at least 10,000 worshipers. The six-story temple has seven elevators. The main dome has a height of 46 meters and is 27 meters in diameter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony to open the Moscow Grand Mosque in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony to open the Moscow Grand Mosque in Moscow

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