Urumqi Tartar Mosque
Address: South Jiefang Road, Urumqi
The Tatar Mosque is considered one of the oldest mosques in Urumqi. It was built in 1897 on funds raised by the local Tatar diaspora. Then it became a religious complex with a total area of 3,000 square meters. This is one of the largest mosques in the city, which can accommodate over a thousand people.
The Tatar Mosque was built in traditional style. All the walls, doors and windows of the mosque are decorated with various carvings and traditional ornaments in the form of plants and geometric shapes. The central tower of the mosque is covered with gold, which is typical for Tatar religious monuments. In addition to the mosque the complex territory includes rooms for Quran study, the private rooms of the Imam, as well as the reception hall and utility rooms.
Today, the major part of the Urumqi population goes to the Tatar Mosque, they are not only the Uyghurs, but also other representatives of the national minorities who live in the city: the Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Tatars, Dungans. The Tatar Mosque is an important Islamic center, playing a significant role in the lives of local people.