Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the country’s largest mosque – known as Camlica Jamii – in Istanbul on 4 May 2019. The mosque, perched atop thegreen Camlica hill in Uskudar and spread over an area of 3 hectares, can be seen from every corner of the city. It can accommodate up to 63,000 worshippers. The mosque complex has a library, a museum of Turkish art and a conference hall. The mosque, which took six years to complete, was constructed at the cost of $66.5 million.
The mosque is flanked by six minarets and a dome that measures 72 metres. A 17,000-metre carpet covers the flooring of the mosque. The mosque, designed in the Ottoman-Seljuk style, is adorned with beautiful chandeliers and elegant calligraphy by Turkey’s master calligrapher, Hasan Celebi.
There will be a separate place for women to perform ablutions and an elevator to take them to where they can pray. Women will also be able to use a convenient childcare room. Interestingly, the mosque has been designed by two female architects, Bahar Mizrak and Hayriye Gul Totu.