Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressing at the inauguration ceremony of Istanbul Taksim Mosque following Friday prayers, remarked, “Our mosque has already assumed its distinguished place among the emblems of Istanbul.”
Erdogan stated that the Istanbul Taksim Mosque would be one of the city’s most prominent cultural and artistic centers.
“With its digital library and reading, lounge, and exhibition facilities, Taksim Mosque will be one of Istanbul’s most important cultural and artistic centers,” he stated.
Erdogan went on to say that the Istanbul Taksim Mosque was a “tribute to the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, which we opened to prayer a while ago as a present to the 568th anniversary of Istanbul’s conquest,” which would be commemorated on Saturday.
“I believe that this third great spiritual legacy that we’ve lately given Istanbul, following the completion of the Grand Camlica Mosque and the reopening of the Hagia Sophia, will shine like a lamp for centuries,” he continued.
The Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council’s vice president, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, was present at the ceremony, as were several Turkish officials, including Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop, Vice President Fuat Oktay, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, and Communications Director Fahrettin Altun.
The Istanbul Taksim Mosque foundations, which contain the signatures of architects Sefik Birkiye and Selim Dalaman, were laid in Taksim Square on Feb. 17, 2017.
It has a parking lot, as well as conference and exposition halls, and can accommodate up to 4,000 people.
Its constructed area is approximately 16,000 square meters, or 2,482 square meters (26,716 square feet).
It also includes works by calligraphist Davut Bektas and miniaturist Adem Turan, as well as Quranic inscriptions. The prayer room of the mosque comprises wooden wall panels.
Under six plates embossed with calligraphy of Allah, the Prophet Muhammad, and the four caliphs — Abu Bakr, Umar, Usman, and Ali — are buffed-colored carpets specifically woven in the western region of Manisa.
A luminous chandelier with 60 lights and a diameter of 12 meters (over 39 feet) hangs from the mosque’s ceiling-AA. An 8.5 meter high (nearly 28 ft.) mihrab (prayer niche showing the direction of Makkah) is built into one of its walls, while a luminous chandelier with 60 lights and a diameter of 12 meters (over 39 ft.) is built into one of its walls.