Al-Salam Mosque, Odessa

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Al-Salam Mosque
Basic information
Location Ukraine Odessa, Ukraine
Affiliation Islam
District Odessa
Country Ukraine
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed June 2001
Dome(s) 1

The Al-Salam Mosque and Arabian Cultural Center are located in Odessa, Ukraine. The cultural center and mosque were opened in June 2001.


Entrance to the mosque

Odessa Muslims have a long tradition. The city of Odessa was built on the site of an ancient Tatar settlement called Hadzhibey. The settlement was founded by Hacı I Giray, the Khan of Crimea, in 1240 and originally named after him as Hacıbey (pronounced the same as Hadzhibey).

A Tatar mosque, built by renowned architect Karbalayi Safikhan Karabakhi was located in the center of the city, alongside it a Muslim cemetery. With the arrival of Soviet power life dramatically changed for Odessa Muslims. Tatar mullah, Sabirzyan Safarov was shot, the mosque closed and later destroyed. The Muslim cemetery was also razed.

The Arabian Cultural Center was constructed at the expense of the Syrian businessman Kivan Adnan. The center operates a free school and library for teaching Arabic to everyone regardless of age or nationality.


Coordinates: 46°28′22″N 30°44′22″E / 46.47278°N 30.73944°E / 46.47278; 30.73944