Kocatepe Mosque

Tel: +90 312 417 74 89

Address: Kültür, Dr. Mediha Eldem Sk. No:67, 06420 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey

Every Islamic country has its magnificent and solemn national mosque standing in the capital city for Muslims across the nation to come for worship. Kocatepe Mosque, the national mosque of Turkey, was erected in Ankara after it became the capital. It is one of the largest mosques in the world, accommodating about 24,000 worshippers at a time.

The gigantic and spectacular Kocatepe Mosque strikes an impressive chord with its modern architectural style, tiers of domes, and towering minarets that stand on the mosque’s base like four huge candles. The construction of this awe-inspiring religious building took almost two decades to complete. It was rebuilt twice in contrasting styles before finally showing the world its current neo-classical Ottoman design. Under the dome is a massive prayer hall, with a circular chandelier hanging in the centre radiating warm yellow light like the moon. The smaller circular chandeliers encircle “the moon” like little stars, illuminating the colourful patterns in the architecture’s interior. It would be a great time to experience the power of religion when sitting on the red carpet looking up at the dome, or observing the pious worshippers praying.