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St. Pete--The Mosque

One of Europe's largest mosques, located near the Peter and Paul Fortress; modeled after the Gur-Emir mosque in Samarkand and built in 1913 to hold up to 5,000 worshipers at a time; the northernmost mosque in the world. For 17 years, from 1939 to 1956, the Soviet government banned services altogether, turning the building into a storehouse for medicines.

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