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Mosque named after Maral Ishan

Architectural sights of the city of Kostanay -

City weekend tour of Kostanay -

The Maral Ishan Mosque or Akmechet (Akmeshit) is one of the oldest mosques, the central mosque of the city of Kostanay, whose history dates back to the 19th century. The mosque was built in 1893, construction was carried out through donations from local Muslim communities. Most of the donations came from Abdulvali Yaushev, a member of a wealthy merchant family. From the very beginning it was known as the city's cathedral mosque, but was also known to the population as Ak-Mechet (White Mosque). This name was given to it by ordinary believing residents of the city. After the death of Abdulvali Yaushev in 1906, the mosque was supported by his younger brother Mullagali.

How to get there, visit -

The Maral Ishan Mosque is located in the city of Kostanay, Kostanay region, Republic of Kazakhstan.
GPS coordinates: 53°12′40″N 63°38′20″E

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The Maral Ishan Mosque served the people until 1930; in the 1920s, most churches and mosques in the Soviet Union were closed by the Bolsheviks and subsequently either demolished or used for other purposes. During the Great Patriotic War, an evacuation point was located here. In the post-war years, there was a cinema here, and in 1980-1991, a philharmonic society. On November 1, 1991, the mosque was returned to the people; that year, after a gap of 70 years, the Eid Al-Fitr prayer was performed for the first time. Then the mosque was completely restored, with the participation of local businessmen and city residents. The removed dome was restored, the minaret was lengthened, the interior was prepared in accordance with Sharia, a special women's hall, study rooms, and a men's hall were built. in 1993 the mosque celebrated its centenary. In 2002, the mosque was named after the scientist Maral Ishan Kurmanuly. Next to the mosque there is a specially built madrasah.


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