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.HistoryThe 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.ArchitectureThe 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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  • More than 5 years I lived in Ankara. From a to z you can say learned about Ankara. Kadzhatekpe mosque, one of the biggest. You can say almost five storey. Just below the mosque has a large market. In which produetsja almost everything. There is also a huge merchandise shop. Where you can buy everything from suitcases to a souvenir. Children, adults and teenage things. That's bad when visits mosque fashionable see funeral:(. Inside the mosque is very beautiful. Women can read namaz upper floors and the men on the ground. In general I advise.
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  • Great and amazing architecture in kocatepe mosque (Kocatepe Camii), is a must see, and spend an hour here a popular place!
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  • Ankara is an important place. Ankara sees only of martyrs that are outside the ceremonies, Ankara appears all over the heights of divinity is where Kipling. It is a large mosque that is not included in the Friday prayer. This place is not necessarily praying. Parking problem at certain times of the day.
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  • I had the privilege to speak at the hall underneath the mosque and it was a great experience in terms of space, furniture and sound, thank to Diyanet vaqf!
  • best mosque in Ankara and it also has seminar halls,very good place for jumua prayers and Eid
  • 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.
  • Beautiful mosque. Awesome interior
  • Nothing to say. Great. Just pay a visit.
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