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Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), Ankara

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The Kocatepe Mosque is the largest mosque in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. It was built between 1967 and 1987 in the Kocatepe quarter in Kızılay, and its size and prominent situation have made it a landmark that can be seen from almost anywhere in central Ankara.History of the mosqueThe idea of building the Kocatepe Mosque dates back to the 1940s. On December 8, 1944, Ahmet Hamdi Akseki, the Vice-President of Turkish Religious Affairs, along with seventy-two founding members, established a society known as the "Society to Build a Mosque in Yenişehir, Ankara." In 1947 this society called for projects to be drawn up by architects, but none of the submitted projects were accepted.In 1956, through the efforts of the late Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of the time, land was allocated for the project to build a mosque in Ankara, and a request for projects was made once again in 1957. This time thirty-six projects were evaluated, with the joint project of Vedat Dalokay and Nejat Tekelioğlu being chosen as the one to be implemented.The accepted project was an innovative and modern design. The construction started, but due to heavy critique from conservatives for its modernist look, the construction was stopped at the foundation level. Vedat Dalokay later built a modified version of the Kocatepe Mosque after winning an international competition for the Shah Faisal Masjid in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1969. This mosque, which can accommodate 24,000 worshippers, is one of the largest mosques of the world, and accepted by many as the frontiers of modern Islamic architecture.
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  • Amazing plaese to enjoy, very impress with all the traditions, this is a place that you MUST see, bring pans and long sleves because you can get in with shorts or t shirts.  more »
  • The immense size alone gave everyone the goose-bumps. On the inside, the intricate designs and the quiet atmosphere really gave me some insight into how old and beautiful Muslim culture can be. I woul...  more »
  • A quiet place in the middle of the bustle of the capital ,, There is reassurance , And the art of Islamic architecture  more »
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  • One of the most magnificent man-made marvels the world has ever seen in the all-time history of architecture. It's absolutely a spectacular sight and striking symbol on astonishing Ankara's skyline and arguably a remarkable cultural wonder of the 20th century.
  • Impresive and imposing mosque. The architecture inside and outside is amazing. Very peaceful...
  • Gives a spectacular spiritual experience inside the mosque which is designed in the great ottoman architectural style, very peaceful and spacious, near to city centres
  • Really one of the most spectacular architecture of our time. Praying there have put me back in time like 700+ years ago. Loving it.
  • Lovely place have one of the best experiences ever going there. Would love to go again😚