Çamlıca Mosque

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Çamlıca Mosque
Çamlıca Camii
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Religion
AffiliationSunni Islam
Location
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
Architecture
TypeMosque
StyleIslamic, Late Classical Ottoman
Completed2019
Specifications
Capacity63,000
Dome(s)70
Dome height (outer)72 m (236 ft)
Minaret(s)6
Minaret height107.1 m (351 ft)

Çamlıca Mosque (Turkish: Çamlıca Camii) is a mosque located in Istanbul and the largest mosque in Turkey. The mosque can hold 63,000 people and includes a museum, art gallery, library, conference hall, and underground parking lot for 3,500 vehicles.[1][2]

Çamlıca Mosque was designed by two female architects, Bahar Mızrak and Hayriye Gül Totu, at a cost of around TL 150 million ($66.5 million).[3] The length of the four mosque minarets span 107.1 metres, a measurement that refers to the Battle of Manzikert (1071) fought by the Seljuk and Byzantine Empires.[2]

The mosque is one of a number of megaprojects built by the Turkish government to show the strength of the economy and provide a legacy for the governing AK Party. Turkish President Erdoğan said at its inauguration: "When a horse dies it leaves behind its saddle, when a man dies he leaves behind his works. We will be remembered for this."[4] Turkish analyst Ziya Meral told The Times that "This is about cultural diplomacy and a vision of Turkey's role in the world."[5]

The Çamlıca Mosque was inaugurated on 4 May 2019 by Turkish President Erdoğan.[1] Several world leaders were present at the ceremony including Senegalese President Macky Sall, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Albanian president Ilir Meta, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh and other foreign dignitaries.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Erdogan opens Turkey's largest mosque in Istanbul". Al Jazeera English. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Turkey's largest mosque opens its doors in Istanbul". Gulf Times. Istanbul. DPA. 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Çamlıca Mosque, largest in Turkey, opens in honor of Ramadan". DailySabah. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  4. ^ Christie-Miller, Alexander (2016-09-09). "Bridge, mosque, airport – can Turkey afford Erdoğan's mega-monuments?". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  5. ^ Smith, Hannah Lucinda. "Mega mosque is a microcosm of Turkish contradiction". Retrieved 2017-09-03.

Coordinates: 41°02′05″N 29°04′15″E / 41.0347°N 29.0708°E / 41.0347; 29.0708