2015-09-23 10:02:00

Foreign chiefs of state to attend Moscow Cathedral Mosque opening

Moscow, September 23, Interfax - The new Moscow Cathedral Mosque will open on Wednesday in the presence of thousands of Muslims and foreign VIP guests.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will be attending the ceremony.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's appearance at the ceremony is under consideration, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday evening.

The new building of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque was erected on the place of the historical building constructed in the early 20th century and torn down in 2011.

The total area of the six-storey mosque has grown 20-fold, from 980 square meters to 19,000 square meters. The new mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshipers. The building has six elevators and equipment for people with disabilities. The mosque is crowned by the main dome, two large minarets, a small minaret and four towers. The main dome is 46 meters tall and has a diameter of 27 meters. The minor minaret was placed above the historical part of the building. The minor minaret's top is 5.7 meters tall.

The cost of building the Moscow Cathedral Mosque stood at approximately $170 million.