Şakirin Mosque

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Şakirin Mosque

Mihrab of the Şakirin Mosque

Location Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Established 7 May 2009
Branch/tradition Sunni
Ownership Semiha Şakir Foundation
Leadership Imam(s):
Hüseyin Kutlu
Architectural information
Architect(s) Hüsrev Tayla, Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu
Style Modern
Capacity 500
Area 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft)
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 2
Minaret height 35 m (115 ft)
General contractor MİM Yapı

Website: sakirincamii.net

Şakirin Mosque is a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The building is located at one of the entrances of Karacaahmet Cemetery in Üsküdar. It was built by the Semiha Şakir Foundation in memory of İbrahim Şakir and Semiha Şakir and opened on 7 May 2009. According to newspaper reports, it is the most modern mosque in Turkey.[1]

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The mosque's architect was Hüsrev Tayla, known for his work on Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara and for his architectural conservation work. Its interior designer was Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu, a great-niece of Semiha Şakir,[2] and also according to newspaper reports, the first female interior designer of a mosque, as well as the first woman to design a mosque in modern Turkey.[3][4]

Construction of the mosque took 4 years. It is 10,000 square meters in area. It has two minarets, each 35 meters high, and a dome of aluminum composite. The calligraphy on the interior of the dome was written by Semih İrteş. The large windows on three sides of the prayer hall were designed by Orhan Koçan. The minbar is acrylic and was designed by Tayfun Erdoğmuş. Decorative motifs are derived from Seljuk art. The large, asymmetrical chandelier has waterdrop-shaped glass globes made by Nahide Büyükkaymakçı, "reflecting a prayer that Allah's light should fall on worshipers like rain," and the women's section is designed especially to allow female worshipers to have a clear view of the chandelier.[5] The fountain in the courtyard was designed by William Pye. The mosque is built over a parking garage and also includes an exhibition area.[6]

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Coordinates: 41°00′47″N 29°01′28″E / 41.01306°N 29.02444°E / 41.01306; 29.02444