The historical and archaeological site of Bolgar was included in the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in 2014 for its evidence as an official acceptance of Islam by the Volga Bulgaria. A Memorial Sign was set up to mark this remarkable event. Inside the building a Quran Museum was installed to present the Holy Books of Muslims in various forms. In the solemn upper hall of the Memorial Sign, lies the central exhibit of the museum: the largest printed Quran in the world. To match this precious treasure, Relicase designed and produced a unique showcase in the shape of a crystal tent.
The site in Bolgar lies at the shore of Volga River, south of the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan. It contains evidence of the medieval city of Bolgar, an early settlement of the civilization of Volga-Bulgaria, which existed between the 7th and 15th century AD. It was the first capital of the Golden Horde in the 13th century. Bolgar represents the historical cultural exchanges and transformations of Eurasia over several centuries that played a pivotal role in the formation of civilizations, customs and cultural traditions. The property provides remarkable evidence of the historic continuity and cultural diversity of its people. It is a symbolic reminder of the acceptance of Islam by the Volga-Bulgaria in AD 922 and remains a sacred destination for Tatar Muslim pilgrims. In good weather, the helmet-shaped dome of the Memorial Sign glitters in the sunshine, attracting distant pilgrims and common folks alike.
The showcase which was installed in March, 2018, was built on an octagram-shaped base. The base was painted in white, the most adored color in Islamic culture, to suggest a sense of purity and serenity. So were metal beams at the top. Showcase walls were mounted without pillars. The whole building was solely supported by glass walls, which fully demonstrated our precise design and superb construction skills. Consisting mostly of glass, the overall image of the showcase resembles a giant crystal tent, perfectly echoes with the helmet shaped dome of the museum.
Transparency of the solely glass structure gives the exhibit a perfect view, while the angles of glass sheets fit into the form of diamond cuttings, reflecting light beams from the lateral directions. The showcase appears to glow from a distance, fading into the background when viewers approach the exhibit. That is how an ideal showcase is made.