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The most Northern mosque in the country was opened in Arkhangelsk on Saturday. It is restored according to the project of the mosque, which was built in 1905. To recreate the used part of the wooden structures of the old buildings and piles of larch, which over the years has become harder than concrete.

Opening frost

In Arkhangelsk now truly February weather: minus 12, fluffy snow and a little wind. If you go, then fine, but if you wait, then the cold after about five minutes begins to make his way to the bones. The opening of the mosque was scheduled for noon, but already about half past nine in the morning it began to approach people. To twelve days the mosque was completely filled. “I came – close the door! This is the North! “, – persistently .
The Chairman of the Council of regional public organization “Tatar national-cultural autonomy of the Arkhangelsk region” rim Kalimullin, the initiator of the revival of the Arkhangelsk mosque said before the opening that the mosque was warm, what could make sure all guests.

The Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia Ravil Gainutdin and President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and the Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov (left to right in the foreground)

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Old tradition

The first mosque in Arkhangelsk was built in 1905 and the Muslim Diaspora appeared in the mid-nineteenth century. At first it was small, but after the famine of 1899-1901 years, there was a mass resettlement of Tatars from Kazan province in Arkhangelsk. In 1902 local Muslims, the authorities put the question of permission to build mosques, to which the Governor gave the go-ahead.

“Our ancestors it was built in 1905 with the permission of the Governor. Near the mosque was a Tatar Sloboda, Kazan Tatars lived and can say that at that time were trade and economic relations. Our was there leading merchants, they had six stores and the local Pomors, they were considered very respectable people, says rim Kalimullin. – Near the mosque madrasah”.

Rome says am very grateful to the residents of Arkhangelsk that they have kept the design of the mosque. After the construction drawings were handed over to the library, and the restoration of the temple they were used.

After the revolution, the minaret and the dome was dismantled, and since 1931 and for over 30 years, the building was under the jurisdiction of state authorities. Then it was a rapid reaction unit of the regional UFSIN. In 2010 the building of the mosque was donated to the Arkhangelsk religious organization “Nur Islam”, and then began its restoration.

But in the summer of 2014, in the old building of the mosque was a large fire, after which it had to restore again. From the previous structure left a bit, but managed to keep piles made of larch.

“When the survey work conducted, it was found that they are even better than a concrete Foundation. I was very surprised, – says Kalimullin. Archangel is built on a swamp, and larch becomes harder and harder. In addition to the piles, we almost changed everything, but made one to one. This Northern flavor.”

Good relations between Nations and faiths

At the opening of a mosque in Arkhangelsk there arrived the Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin and President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin at the opening ceremony noted that the ceremony is attended by representatives of different faiths and “is a continuation of the good traditions that were founded in the Russian Empire”.

“Russia is our multinational, multiconfessional country, and that today in the North of our homeland, we recreated our historic mosque and inaugurated – is significant for all of our citizens that we live in a state where protecting the rights of citizens of all nationalities, of all faiths,” he told reporters after the opening ceremony, Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin.

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“This is the northernmost mosque in the country, maybe in the world. Here, wooden architecture, and the traditions of Russian Islam,” – said the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. In the restoration of the mosque in Arkhangelsk, the Republic of Tatarstan took part. Funds for its construction was allocated, in particular, the company “AK bars” and “Zelenodolsk shipyard”.

In Arkhangelsk, there are approximately 10 thousand Muslims, and in the words of TASS, the natives of Azerbaijan, Chechnya, Tatarstan and Dagestan, for everyone, regardless of nationality, it is a very joyful event.

“The long-awaited opening of the mosque the Muslims of the North. Everyone is happy, – said the correspondent of TASS, the native of Dagestan Muslim who for many years lived in Arkhangelsk. – There are all natural, made of wood, as expected in Arkhangelsk, as it was before.”

“The historical building, and that wood is hygiene,” said the inhabitant of the said companions.
New Arkhangelsk mosque as the old one, can accommodate about 300 people.

“Very beautiful mosque turned out!”a little drawl and visibly agitated, told TASS Rome Kalimullin.

Irina Skalina