Bildspel: Nizhamiyya-moskén i Sydafrika

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Foto: Len Combrinck 2012

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The newly constructed Nizamiye Turkish Masjid located in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa is now the largest Masjid (mosque) in the Southern hemisphere. Construction started in October 2009 and the Masjid was fully operational in February 2012. Construction of clinic, shops and Turkish restaurant, also designed in Turkish architecture, is almost complete.

Four minarets, each 55m high, a 32m-high and 24m-wide dome at the apex of the mosque, with 24 smaller domes adorning the boarding rooms and courtyard.

This Masjid is a scaled-down replica of the Ottoman Selimiye mosque in Edirne, Turkey, constructed by architect Mimar Sinan between 1568 and 1574.

Ottoman architecture is prevalent in the structure of the Masjid and is reminiscent of Selimiye, with handmade natural stone imported from Turkey. The floor and inner buildings are lined with brilliant marble – a reflection in the architecture of the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah (Mecca), also known as the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the world, which was also influenced by the Ottoman Empire.

What is most astounding is that every detail has an artist’s touch including the inside of the massive domes and ceilings of the courtyard which has been hand painted by calligraphists.