Congratulations to Ramzan Kadyrov on the opening of Europe’s largest mosque in Chechnya 2019-08-23 15:30:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, congratulating him on the 68th birth anniversary of his father, the first president of Chechnya Akhmad Haji Kadyrov, and on the opening of the Pride of Muslims, the largest mosque in Europe, in Shali. The Russian President also sent a congratulatory message to the region’s residents on the opening of the mosque. The mosque with a capacity of up to 30,000 worshippers takes up an area of more than 5 hectares near the Shali City high-rise area. Its dome is 43 metres high, with four 63-metre minarets on the sides. The construction of the mosque broke ground in December 2012.