Çamlıca Republic Mosque

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Çamlıca Republic Mosque
Basic information
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Late Classical Ottoman
Completed 2018
Capacity 37,500
Dome(s) 70
Dome height (outer) 72 m (236 ft)
Minaret(s) 6
Minaret height 107.1 m (351 ft)

Çamlıca Republic Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, is the largest mosque in Asia Minor and was inaugurated on 1 July 2016. Çamlıca Mosque is able to accommodate 37,500 people, and includes a museum, art gallery, library, conference hall, and underground parking lot.

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).[1]

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.”[2] Turkish analyst Ziya Meral told The Times that “This is about cultural diplomacy and a vision of Turkey’s role in the world”.[3]

Çamlıca Mosque, under construction, Feb 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Çamlıca Mosque, largest in Turkey, opens in honor of Ramadan". DailySabah. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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