Istanbul , Turkey

Taksim Mosque

The mosque is located just behind Taksim Maksemi

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Taksim Mosque (Turkish: Taksim Camii) is a mosque complex in Taksim Square, Istanbul. It was designed by two Turkish architects in the Art Deco style, and can hold up to 3,000 worshippers at the same time. Construction began on February 17, 2017 and lasted for four years. The mosque was inaugurated with a Friday prayer attended by the President, Recep Tayyıp Erdoğan, on 28 May 2021.

The land on which the mosque was built is currently owned by the Directorate General of Foundations.

The plan for a mosque in Taksim Square has been in the making since 1952. The "Taksim Mosque Building and Sustenance Association" was founded with the aim to construct a mosque in Taksim Square, but was closed after the 1980 military coup in Turkey. The Council of State stopped the Taksim Mosque project in 1983 on the grounds that it was "not in the public interest".

The Taksim Mosque remained on the agenda of the governments of Turgut Özal in the 1980s and Necmettin Erbakan in 1996. The project has always been closely scrutinized by the media and has encountered legal obstacles because Taksim Square had been closely associated with republicanism and secularism. A court objected to the construction of the mosque on the grounds that it would be against the public interest. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had supported the idea of the mosque since becoming Istanbul’s mayor in 1994. The prospect of the new mosque was one element in the Gezi Park protests in 2013.

In January 2017, the mosque was approved by the Cultural Monuments Preservation Board, which oversees the construction of protected, historic sites, thereby removing the last obstacle to its construction.

Construction Process

Following approval for the construction of the mosque by the Istanbul #2 Regional Council for the Protection of Cultural Heritage on January 19, 2017, it was announced that some small offices and facilities would be demolished. Site preparations started on February 9, 2017. Ahmet Misbah Demircan, the Mayor of Beyoğlu District, named Şefik Birkiye the architect of the mosque on February 10, 2017; Sur Yapı

 was contracted to carry out its construction.

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