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Pavlodar makes an interesting stopover

by Thomas Buechler - 1 year, 7 months ago

I visited the city of Pavlodar coming from Oskemen, it is a 10 hours bus ride, and we arrived at 19.00h. The Lighthouse Hostel is an alternative place to stay, its basically an appartment where the owners live, as it's known for in Russia, but here I was the only guest and had to share the dormitory with the owner who probably has no other bed to use. There are some historical buidlings in town, the theater, the musical academy, the promenade along the Irtysh river. But the highlight for me was the Mashkur Zhusup mosque that was completed in 2001 and has a huge turquoise colour cupola.The building is an eight-pointed star measuring 48 by 48 meters, with room for up to 1500 worshippers. The minaret is 63 meters tall, while the half-moon cupola is 54 meters in height. The mosque’s cupola was built to resemble a yurt in shape. The cupola measures 33 meters in height and 30 meters in diameter. The mosque covers a total surface of 7240 m². The main building’s two floors and minarets are made of brick. The Sumbar rock-crystal chandelier whose 434 light bulbs illuminate the interior of the mosque was manufactured in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From an architectural point of view, the mosque is meant to resemble a heart, open to peace, kindness and good will.

I also visited the Church of the Annunciation, directly inspired by the most important church in Moscow’s Kremlin, and constructed recently 1993-1999 with support from various Russian groups.



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