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The Temple of All Religions is an architectural complex in the dacha settlement of Staroye Arakchino, inside Kazan municipality in Russia. Tightly clustered on a small plot of land, the complex consists of several cupolas, minarets and spires representing the religious architecture of 12 major religions of the world. There is a Christian cross, the Muslim crescent, the Star of David and the Chinese dome. However, no ceremonies are performed inside because it is not a functioning temple. The building is just a cultural center which also serves as the residence of its owner – the local artist and philanthropist Ildar Khanov, and his assistants who practice spiritual healing upon his willing subjects.

Khanov believed that all religions are equal, and the Temple of All Religions was his way to bring them all under one roof. It was started in 1992 and is still under construction. Khanov’ plan is to eventually build 16 cupolas corresponding to the 16 major world religions. Unfortunately Ildar Khanov will not see its completion for he passed away in February 2013.

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