ISTANBUL: Largest mosque of Turkey opened for worship in Istanbul.
Opening of Camlica Mosque after a six-year construction period coincided with holy night of Islamic month of Rajab. The 63,000-capacity mosque on Istanbul’s Camlica Hill in Asian side of city opened for worship with Fajr prayers and Adhan (call for prayer).
Built in Ottoman-Seljuk style of architecture, mosque can be easily viewed from every corner of the city.
It has six minarets representing six beliefs of Islam.
Its 72-meter high main dome represents 72 nations living in the city.
There are 16 names of Allah inscribed inside the dome, symbolizing the number of states founded by Turks.
The minbar of the mosque, a pulpit from which sermons of Friday and religious festivals are delivered, is 21-meter high and can be lifted through an elevator.
The mosque can host eight funeral prayers at a time.