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Grand Camlica Mosque inaugurated in Istanbul by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Turkey’s largest place for worshippers

Turkish President, on Friday, April 3rd, 2019, inaugurated the country’s largest place for worshipping, the Grand Camlica Mosque, in Istanbul. It’s located on the Asian side of Istanbul and took nearly six years for its completion. The Mosque is built with a combination of Ottoman and Seljuk architectural style.

It has a massive capacity for accommodating 63,000 people who will come here to worship. The construction of this huge structure began in 2013.

Previously, the largest Turkish mosque was located in southern Adana, the Sabana Central Mosque, opened in 1998, that can host a capacity of 28,500 worshippers.

The just opened new mosque has six minarets that represent six key aspects of Islamic belief, namely the belief in one God, the prophets, angels, revealed books, the day of judgment, and divine decree.

The premises also contain a museum of Turkish Islamic art as well as a library, conference hall, gallery, and workshops.

While opening the Camlica Mosque, Turkey’s President Mr. Erdogan also condemned the attacks against places of worship, earlier this year.

"Attacks in the name of religion on places of worship or innocent civilians constitute terrorism, not jihad”, he said.

"Those who attack mosques or those who target churches share the same dark mentality, they're all common enemies of humanity," he added. Earlier this year, attacks in the mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch and later in Churches in Sri Lanka had spread a shockwave among the peace-loving people in the entire world. These big attacks were condemned by every big national leader and international organizations, including the United Nations.

Among those who were present during the inauguration of the new mosque, in Istanbul, included Albanian President Ilir Meta, Guinean President Alpha Conde, Senegalese President Macky Sall, and Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, along with several other international representatives also.

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