The Koran at Kazan’s Qolsharif Mosque has been awarded a Guinness World Records certificate as the world’s largest, Tatarstan’s state councilor Mintimer Shaimiyev said on Friday.
This edition is 150x200 centimeters, has 632 pages and weighs 800 kilograms. It is printed on Scotland paper. The cover is made of malachite and semi-precious stones and is encrusted with phyanite, jade, gold and silver leaf.
“We have received a Guinness World Records certificate saying that our Koran is the largest printed version in the world,” Shaimiyev said.
The holy book was placed at Qolsharif Mosque last November.
In June, it will be transferred to Bolgary in Tatarstan and will be deposited in a building erected to commemorate the adoption of Islam as the state religion of Volga Bulgaria in 922.
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The mosque was first opened in 1901 but was seized and closed in the 1920's and then used first as a cinema and then as a restaurant that served alcohol. In 2002 restorations began to open the mosque for service