October 12, 2016

2812 TURKEY (Mediterranean Region) - Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana

With a capacity of 28,500 people, Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana is the largest mosque in Turkey. Its exterior and its interior decoration are similar to the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, though it has six minarets, similar to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul. It was built between 1988 and 1998 by architect Necip Dinç in Neo-Ottoman style, upon a confiscated Armenian cemeter, on the banks of Seyhan River, on the intersection of the main arteries, railway lines and roads that connect Adana to the surrounding cities and towns,

There are eight pillars carrying the main dome that has a diameter of 32m. The height of the main dome is 54m from floor level. The four minarets, which are adjacent to the main building are each 99m high and the other two minarets located at the semi-enclosed porch are each 75m high. All of the calligraphic works in the mosque belong to the Calligrapher Huseyin Kutlu. Four big panels facing Kiblah are the world's biggest mosque panels in size. All painting and tile patterns in the Mosque belong to Architect Nakkas M. Semih Irtes.

The niche, pulpit, platform, entrance and other doors are all made of marble and they have been designed in the style that is seen in classical Ottoman mosques and have been built by Nihat Kartal. The wooden doors were built in "kundekari" style by Ahmet Yılçay, all stained glass works were made by Abdülkadir Aydin and "mukarnas" works were produced by Ali Turan. The internal and external illumination projects and inner sound system projects belong to Philips. On the west side of the Mosque, there is a classical and a digital library as a separate annex, open for researchers and the public.

About the stamps
The stamp is part of the series Konya - Islamic Capital of Tourism 2016, issued on August 4, 1916.

Sabancı Central Mosque - Wikipedia

Sender: Burak Inceyer
Sent from Konia (Central Anatolian Region / Turkey), on 21.09.2016 

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