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19 February 2015
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The Temple of All Religions or The Universal Temple is an architectural complex in Kazan, Russia. This is no ordinary temple and the complex consists of several cupolas, minarets and spires representing the religious architecture of 12 major religions of the world. There is a Christian cross, the Muslim crescent, the Star of David, Judaism, the Chinese dome, a synagogue, among others. On the walls surrounding the temple, you can see words such as Peace, Freedom, Brotherhood and Solidarity inscribed in multiple languages.

Temple of All Religions

No ceremonies are performed inside because it is not a functioning temple. The building is just a cultural center which also serves as the residence of its owner – the local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov, and his assistants who practice spiritual healing. Over the forty years of his creative work, Khanov made over 70 sculptures and monumental decorative pieces, as well as hundreds of paintings. Some of his best works decorate Russian museums, as well as streets and squares of many cities in Tatarstan. Khanov is also known for his efforts in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and various other diseases. In fact, it’s his former and current patients that help him to maintain and develop the Temple.

Khanov believed that all religions are equal, and the Temple of All Religions was his way to bring them all under one roof. It was started in 1992 and is still under construction. Khanov plan is to eventually build 16 cupolas corresponding to the 16 major world religions. Unfortunately Ildar Khanov will not see its completion for he passed away in February 2013. The Temple has become a popular landmark in the city of Kazan, which takes pride in the peaceful combination of different cultures. The Temple is visited both by tourists and by people seeking Khanov's healing touch.

Universal Temple

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Christian cross

Muslim crescent

Star of David

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