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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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  • A quiet place in the middle of the bustle of the capital ,, There is reassurance , And the art of Islamic architecture  more »
  • nothing to say about this area, this is a modern and ordinary construction. just because I have to add 100 carachters I must add that there is nothing to see here.  more »
  • I know it took many years of restaro old self so we went teravihe when I was a kid he's gorgeous lighting system sound system affects everyone from what I call a nice mosque go..
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  • 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😚
  • Wonderful mosque! The female area is large and cozy 👍👍
  • Amazing architecture. It looks like 400 years old but it is only 30 yrs old. Well done.
  • It's a Place Of Worship For Muslims and a Holy Place For Me MashaAllah