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This is an island at side of the fort island you saw some days ago. In this island there was a wood hut where Czar Peter, the Great lived during some years while his town was being built in a big swamp.
Here we can see a chapel in FG and ahead the dome and minarets of the mosque. Its aspect was inspired in an old tomb of Tamerlane.
At the end of 19th century the muslim community of the city asked permission to built a place to pray in the city. After donations of money the mosque was inaugurated in 1913, when it was the largest in Europe, off Turkey. This mosque was closed from 1940 to 1956 by soviet government and was opened only because Sukarno, president of Indonesia, asked them to open the building while in a visit.
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Essa ι uma vista de uma ilha que fica ao lado da ilha do forte, o mesmo que vocκs viram dias atrαs. Nessa ilha hα uma cabana, originalmente de madeira, onde o Czar Pedro, o Grande, viveu enquanto sua nova cidade era construνda no meio do pβntano.
Vemos aqui uma capela no primeiro plano e atrαs o domo e os minaretes de uma mesquita. O seu estilo foi baseado no da tumba de Tamerlγo.
No final do sιculo 19 a comunidade muηulmana da cidade pediu ao czar que lhes permitisse ter um lugar de culto ali. A mesquita foi inaugurada em 1913 e foi fechada de 1940 atι 1956 pelo governo soviιtico. Curiosamente sσ foi aberta quando Sukarno, o ditador da Indonιsia, visitava a cidade e pediu aos comunistas que reabrissem a mesquita.

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