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Marmara Univ. Fac. of Theol. Mosque

I like spectacular mosques, and this is one of them. The new 5,000 capacity mosque at the Marmara University Faculty of Theology was officially opened on Friday, October 23, 2015 by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. It replaces a mosque that was demolished in 2012 because of earthquake risks.
The mosque has a rather peculiar architecture if compared to the typical Turkish mosque. The design of its dome was inspired by a nautilus shell and is integrated with a dovetail ceiling technique that was common in old wooden houses in Turkey.
A site of Hassa Architecture goes further: “Being inspired by the rotational movement that takes part in the whole universe from macrocasmos [sic] to microcosmos, the mosque is in the pursuit of a new horizon in the mosque architecture by uniting "the part in the whole" and "the whole in the part" notion with the fractal character of the nautilus form and the inspration [sic] of millenarian traditional ceiling technic.” I so far could not find the name of the architect(s).

I thought that elevators were going up to the women's area, I later saw that "upstairs" is another fine space. I most return.
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