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The Temple of All Religions (Russian: Храм всех религий, Tatar: Барлык диннәр гыйбәдәтханәсе) or the Universal Temple (Russian: Вселенский храм) is a unique architectural complex in the Staroye Arakchino Microdistrict of Kazan, Russia. It consists of several types of religious architecture including an Orthodox church, a mosque, and a synagogue, among others. It is currently under construction since 1992, started by local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov.[1] The structure serves as a cultural center and a residence for Khanov and his assistants.

Temple of All Religions
Храм всех религий
Kazan church edit1.jpg
LocationStaroye Arakchino Microdistrict, Kazan, Russia
Geographic coordinates55°48′2″N 48°58′30″E / 55.80056°N 48.97500°E / 55.80056; 48.97500Coordinates: 55°48′2″N 48°58′30″E / 55.80056°N 48.97500°E / 55.80056; 48.97500
Architect(s)Ildar Khanov

Khanov is known for his efforts in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and various other diseases.[1] His former and current patients help him to maintain and develop the Temple, either by direct involvement in the construction work or through sponsorship.

The structure is not an active temple of any religion, but rather, as Khanov describes its mission, a "temple of culture and truth". It has become a popular landmark in the city of Kazan, which takes pride in the peaceful combination of different cultures (Islamic Tatar culture, Orthodox Russian, and others). The Temple is visited both by tourists and by people seeking Khanov's help.

Khanov says that eventually the structure will have 16 cupolas, corresponding to the 16 major world religions including past religions that are no longer practiced.[2]



  1. ^ a b Ракурсы. Творчество Ильдара Ханова at (in Russian)
  2. ^ Temple of the Universe at the Kazan tourist portal (in Russian)

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