The Biggest Mosque in Turkey


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Sabanci Merkez Camii (Sabanci Central Mosque) is located on the Ceyhan River in Adana, in the south central Turkey. It has combined elements of different mosques in it’s design and decoration. Doga Park, the park surrounding the mosque on two sides, is a sprawling garden filled with ice cream and bakery vendor carts. Benches, shaped hedges, trickling springs and intricately designed paths attribute to this peaceful place. Adana is a diverse city. On one side of the mosque is “Old Adana” while the other is called “New Adana”. Old Adana is a very traditional area, with women in berkas and men in “Turkish trousers” (the pants with the crotch past the knee). New Adana boasts a Nike store and has other more modern shops. We liked just walking around the city, seeing the large burlap sacks open and filled with multi-colored spices, smelling the strong paprika and eating street food (lamachun and kabobs). As many times as we went downtown, riding the dolmus or walking, I am sure we did not even see a quarter of this diverse city.

Sabanci Merkez Camii mosque (44)

Sabanci Merkez Camii mosque (43)




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