Muğdat Mosque

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Muğdat Mosque
Muğdat Mosque, Mersin.jpg
Religion
AffiliationIslam
ProvinceMersin Province
RegionMediterranean Region
StatusActive
Location
LocationTurkey Mersin, Turkey
Geographic coordinates36°46′57.31″N 34°36′4.92″E / 36.7825861°N 34.6013667°E / 36.7825861; 34.6013667
Architecture
TypeMosque
StyleOttoman
Groundbreaking1988
Completed1998
Specifications
Capacity5500
Minaret(s)6
Minaret height81 metres (266 feet).

Muğdat Mosque (Turkish: Muğdat Camisi) is a large mosque in Mersin, Turkey. It is named after Miqdad ibn Aswad, one of the early Muslims.

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The mosque was built in 1980s in the Yenişehir second-level district of Mersin. Although the official name of the neighbourhood is Gazi, it is usually called Muğdat after the name of the mosque. The mosque is situated at the north of a park and the Mersin Naval Museum. Its distance to Mediterranean sea side is about 300 metres (980 ft). The total area of the mosque including the yard is 7,900 square metres (85,000 sq ft) and the base area of the building is 3,070 square metres (33,000 sq ft)

The building[edit]

The mosque has a capacity to offer service to 5500 people. With this capacity it is the largest mosque in Mersin and the third largest mosque built during the Republican era of Turkey. It is also one of the three six-minaret mosques of Turkey. (Originally the mosque had four minarets, the next two were added recently) The height of the minarets is 81 metres (266 ft). On each minaret there are three minaret balconies (Turkish: şerefe) .

Muğdat mosque is actually a complex like the traditional Ottoman mosques. In addition to religious services, the mosque has facilities including a conference room, a library, a guest house and a health center. The basement of the building is a supermarket.[1][2]

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