The Great Masjid-Madrasa Lala Tulpan (Tulip in bloom) is the main Muslim center of the republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. Its construction was made possible by donations of the faithful people and government of the republic.
The masjid is interesting for its unusual appearance. The shape and color of the main building are similar to the shape of a blossoming tulip and the minarets resemble two buds. This similarity is not accidental. The tulip is the symbol of the Turkic peoples from ancient times. According to a Bashkir legend, happiness is located inside the unopened tulip bud.
Lala Tulpan is one of Russia’s largest masjids. Its 53-metre-tall twin minarets are the third tallest in the country after the Akhmad Kadyrov Masjid in Grozny (62 m) and the Qolsharif Masjid in Kazan (57 m). The building can hold up to 1,000 worshippers. It was built between 1990 and 1998 to a modernist design by Wakil Davlyatshin. In 2001 Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Talgat Tadzhuddin and other Muslim clerics at the masjid.