Mosque at the Tatar cemetery in Minsk impresses with its beauty. It was restored in the original form of its predecessor in 2016 (construction dragged on for more than ten years). That's just the parameters of the building are increased. On the ground floor, they plan to place a museum that will tell the whole story of the life of Muslims on the territory. Minsk и Belarus.

mosque in Minsk

If we remember the history, then Minsk has always been a multinational city, where representatives of different cultures and beliefs lived side by side. For example, the northwestern part of our capital used to be inhabited by Muslims. Already at the end of the 16th century, in the area where the Yubileinaya Hotel now stands, the first mosque in our capital was built.

It was made of wood and received Muslims within its walls until the end of the 19th century.

cathedral mosque in minsk

At the beginning of the 20th century, it was decided to start building a new Byzantine-style stone mosque with a high minaret and a large dome in its place.

This building surprised everyone at the same time with modesty, sophistication and beauty of architectural forms.

mosque in the cemetery

The mosque in Minsk was often depicted on postcards of that time, and it was rightfully considered one of the most significant sights of the capital of the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the building has not survived to this day. It was destroyed after the war by the Soviet authorities.

Mosque at the Tatar cemetery in Minsk
Image of how the mosque looked like at the beginning of the 20th century, photo source: minsk-old-new.com

A new mosque in Minsk was built at the intersection of Ignatenko and Griboyedov streets at the location of the old Tatar cemetery. (Which, by the way, was also destroyed. A city square was created in its place).

Tatar cemetery mosque

The mosque in Minsk complies with all the canons of the Muslim religion and can simultaneously accommodate up to 2000 believers.

Mosque at the Tatar cemetery in Minsk

Address: Griboyedov street 29, phone number: +375336946323

In addition to the Cathedral Mosque in Minsk, there are seven more Muslim churches in Belarus: in Lovchitsy, Ivye, Smilovichah, Slonim, Novogrudok, Oshmyany. In addition, there are prayer houses in Kletsk, Brest, Vidzah, Molodechno, Mogilev и Gomel.

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