Nizamiye Masjid in Johannesburg - South Africa
Nizamiye Masjid, often called the Nizamiye Mosque, is a mosque situated in the city of Midrand, Johannesburg. It is the biggest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere and Sub-Saharan Africa. It occupies 10 hectares of land.
Construction on Nizamiye Masjid was started in October 2009 and was completed in 2012. The basic plan of the masjid was adopted from the 16th-century Ottoman Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey which was designed by Mimar Sinan. Nizamiye Masjid was scaled to the Selimiye Mosque by a ratio of 80%. The plans for the mosque were designed in Turkey while a South African architect adapted the design to South African building standards.
The Mosque has a main dome that is 31m high and 24m wide, it also has a further 4 half domes and 21 smaller domes. The dome is covered with 48 tons of lead. Inside the mosque there is authentic Turkish ceramics on the walls and calligraphy on the ceiling. The dome is patterned with Turkish art and the custom made carpet below it is a reflection of it. There are 4 minarets that are 55m high, they have stairs that go up to three platforms. There are 232 stained glass windows.
Up to 6000 people can be accommodated per service within the facilities of the central prayer hall for men and the prayer gallery for women. There are five wudhu facilities in one of the court yards On special occasions the mosque is lit up in luminescent green and purple at night.;
address: Turkish Mosque
Le Roux Ave, Midrand 1685,
map for Turkish Mosque
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