Crimea to mark 700th anniversary of Uzbeg Khan Mosque

21 October 2013 11:25
In 2014 Crimea will hold festivities on the 700th anniversary of Uzbeg Khan Mosque and madrassa which are among the oldest religious buildings in Eastern Europe. Corresponding decision was made on Friday at a regular session of the parliament of the autonomy, Interfax-Ukraine informs. As reported, the mosque and nearby madrassa were built in the town of Stary Krym (until 14th century Solkhat) in 1314 in honor of Khan Uzbeg of the Golden Khorde. The Crimean parliament bound the government to set up an organizing committee for the anniversary events and approve a corresponding plan of events. The Crimean government was also bound to assign relevant funds from the 2014 budget of the autonomy. According to the head of the standing commission of the Crimean parliament for ethnic relations Enver Abudraimov the celebrating the 700th anniversary of the mosque and madrassa would help to promote knowledge about the culture and history of medieval Crimea as well as the mosque itself. He said that any mosque is an important religious building for Muslims while the Khan Uzbeg mosque and madrassa constitute part of the culture of Crimean Tatars. According to Abduraimov given the age of the mosque and madrassa, these objects are in urgent need of restoration. Abduraimov noted that first of all, the roof, walls and dome of the mosque need to be strengthened. Also, archaeological works need to be continued on the territory. Head of commission also suggested initiating the adoption by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine a decree to include the mosque into the register of monuments of Ukraine into the category of monuments of national importance.