Kebir-Jami Mosque, Simferopol

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Kebir-Jami Mosque
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Basic information
Location Simferopol
Geographic coordinates 44°56′56″N 34°06′25″E / 44.94889°N 34.10694°E / 44.94889; 34.10694Coordinates: 44°56′56″N 34°06′25″E / 44.94889°N 34.10694°E / 44.94889; 34.10694
Affiliation Islam
Rite Sunni
State Russia/Ukraine[1]
Territory  Crimea
Status Active
Architectural description
Architect(s) Original 1508 architect: Abdurakhman-bek-Ali
1991 architects: A. Abdurakhmanov and S. Khalilov
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Turkish worship
Completed 1508
Specifications
Capacity 200
Length 18 meters
Width 14 meters
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 1

The Kebir-Jami Mosque is located in Simferopol, Russia/Ukraine[1]. Kebir-Jami mosque is a prominent architectural monument in Simferopol and the oldest building in the city.[2]

History[edit]

In 1508, or 914 Hijri by the Muslim calendar, Kebir-Jami mosque was dedicated. Writing at the entrance of the mosque in Arabic language states: “This mosque was built for the Glory of the Mightiness of the Khan Meñli I Giray, may Allah forgive all sins of himself and his children in the month of Muharram in the year of nine hundred and fourteen”.[3] It is believed that the white walls of the mosque gave name to the medieval city of Aqmescit (White Mosque). Through the years the mosque has undergone reconstruction many times.

After World War II Kebir-Jami was left in a state of neglect. For several years the mosque was used as a book-cover workshop. After the return of the Crimean Tatars from deportation a revival of the old mosque began: in 1989 the mosque was given back to the Muslim community. Reconstruction began in late October 1991.[4]

Today, Kebir-Jami is the main Friday mosque of Crimea, it is the residence of the Mufti and the location of the Spiritual Direction of the Muslims of Crimea. The grounds also included a madrasah (educational institution) and the Crimean Tatar library.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b This place is located on the Crimean Peninsula, most of which is the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine. According to the political division of Russia, located on the peninsula are the federal subjects of the Russian Federation (the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol). According to the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine, located on the peninsula are the Ukrainian divisions (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city with special status of Sevastopol).
  2. ^ "Muslim Mosques of Crimea". Russian Emirates. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Muslim Mosques of Crimea". Russian Emirates. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  4. ^ "White Mosque on the Night of Decree". Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  5. ^ "White Mosque on the Night of Decree". Religious Information Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 2011-02-19.