The mosque in Minsk impresses with its beauty. Although the construction of this building has dragged on for more than ten years, now it is almost ready to open its doors to the guests.
If you recall the history, Minsk has always been a multinational city, in which representatives of different cultures and beliefs lived side by side. For example, the north-western part of our capital was previously inhabited by Muslims. Already at the end of the 16th century, the first mosque in our capital was built in the area where the hotel “Yubileynaya” now rises. It was made of wood and hosted Muslims in its walls until the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century, a decision was taken in its place to begin construction of a new stone mosque in Byzantine style with a high minaret and a large dome. This building surprised everyone at the same time with modesty, sophistication and beauty of architectural forms. The mosque in Minsk was often depicted on postcards of that time, and it was rightly considered one of the most significant sights of the capital of the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the building has not survived to our days. It was destroyed after the war by Soviet power.
A new mosque in Minsk was built at the intersection of Ignatenko and Griboedov Street at the site of the old Tatar cemetery. (Which, by the way, was also destroyed, in its place the city square was created). The mosque in Minsk corresponds to all canons of the Muslim religion and simultaneously can accommodate up to 2000 believers.
It is built on the model of its predecessor. Here are just all the parameters increased several times. On the ground floor of the building, it is planned to place a museum, which will tell the entire history of the life of Muslims in the territory of Minsk and Belarus.
In addition to the Cathedral Mosque in Minsk, there are seven other Muslim temples in Belarus: Lovchitsy, Ivye, Smilovichi, Slonim, Novogrudok, Oshmyany. Prayer houses are in Kletsk, Brest, Vidz, Molodechno, Mogilev and Gomel.