Federal District
" ... During our stay at Pilnitz, the enemy was receiving strong reinforcements from beyond Moscow and included many Tartars and Bashkirs, armed only with bows and arrows. Our soldiers were in no way impressed by the sight of these half-savage Asiatics, whom, from their bows and arrows, they nicknamed "the Cupids."

Jean Baptiste Antoine Marcellin de Marbot,
General and author of memoirs of the
Napoleonic period
Ural Federal District

Islam has a fine and long history in the Ural Federal District. Once, the Khanate of Sibir was situated here, while the sounds of the adhan were heard along the Siberian rivers as early as in the 13th century. During the Soviet era, especially during the USSR's war against Nazi Germany, industrial centres were set up in the region, with a lot of Muslims working in there.

A lot of old mosques have been restored in the region recently, with new ones also being built, displaying the material culture of the peoples in the Urals.

Main information
about the district

Area (km2)

1 818 497

Population, 2019

12 351 291

Administrative center

Khoja Nigmatulla Mosque

The mosque was built in 1884-1888. The mosque was closed, while its building housed a dairy plant and a music school during the Soviet rule. It was not until 1989 that the mosque was returned back to the Muslims. Yembayavo settlement is famous for its two stone mosques, the first ones built in Tyumen region. Located on the opposite sides of the settlement, they create a kind of gorgeous frame with a rural landscape in it. The Yembay mosque became the blueprint for many other mosques built in the region.

Tyumen Cathedral Mosque

The construction of the mosque located in the former Tatar settlement Yanaul lasted for 8 years. The mosque was inaugurated in 1997.

Light of Faith

The snow and the sun light the road to the mosque somewhere in Tyumen settlement.

Imam Ismail Al-Bukhari's Copper Mosque

The Imam Ismail Al-Bukhari's Mosque is situated in Verkhnyaya Pyshma town. The mosque was built in a year. The official opening ceremony took place in 2002.

Under protection of Allah

More than 600 Muslims can pray simultaneously in the Copper Mosque. The mosque's decorative pattern repeats one peculiar to that used in Ottoman Empire.

Surgut Cathedral Mosque

The Surgut Cathedral Mosque is the first mosque ever built in Surgut region and the largest Muslim religious monument in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region – Yugra. A 50 m height minaret, climbing up to the sky, symbolize God's Oneness.

Langepas Cathedral Mosque

The Langepas Mosque was opened in 2010. Two-story mosque with a dome and two minarets were erected in two years. Today, the mosque is the city's most beautiful landmark, looking especially gorgeous at night.

Surrounded by pines

The mosque in Muravlenko was built in 2006 in a neo-Islamic style. The mosque's minarets reach 29 m in height, what makes the building the tallest one in the city.

Noyabrsk Cathedral Mosque

The mosque in Noyabrsk is a large modern Muslim halidom. It was inaugurated in October 2004, on the city day. This is the largest mosque in the Tyumen region and the second largest on Yamal.

Polar light

The decision on the construction of the Muslim mosque was made in March 1997. The first piles were placed in May 1998. This mosque can be rightly called to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

Two minarets

Wooden and stone mosques in Tyumen tell us the history of the city. The mosque in Matmasy that joined Tyumen was too small to accommodate all believers. Therefore, there was built a bigger mosque that was called by the name of Abu Bakr, the companion of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Wood and stone

For the centuries the mosques were built mainly in wood. But those mosques had a short life due to the sever climate conditions. Now the mosques are built in stone, while still repeating the authenticity of the old ones

More than a house

In the Soviet era, the believers often gathered together at home to carry out Islamic ceremonies. Even now, despite the availability of new mosques, people still call the houses used as the prayer halls to be the mosques.

Knowledge is power

From the dawn of time, many Russian mosques house the madrasas attended by people of all ages who want to get knowledge.


Dumplings is a traditional food of many Russian peoples that was adopted from the Ural people. Chop meat or fish is used as a filling ingredient.

Rich cuisine

Posikunchiki is a very popular meat dish in the Ural region. Posikunchiki are small pies with different fillings.