World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has been building a $25-million, 6,000-capacity mosque in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek – the largest such place of worship in Central Asia.
Bishkek Mosque's construction on a 35-decare site has just been completed by the Turkey Religious Foundation of Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs, its director-general Ismail Palakoglu told Anadolu Agency.
Palakoglu said that the mosque is being built in the Ottoman style, saying they have assembled the minbar, mihrab – a semicircular praying niche showing the direction of the Holy Kaaba -- and the sermon seat called ‘kursu’ which they brought from Turkey.
"This beautiful mosque will be a gift from the Turkish people to the Kyrgyz people. I believe it will contribute a lot to the spiritual life of Kyrgyzstan as the largest mosque of the country and the Central Asia," he said.
The mosque has a closed area of 7,500 square meters that will enable 6,000 people to pray inside at the same time. The capacity will reach to 16,000 when open areas of the mosque are included.
Palakoglu stated that the inauguration of the mosque is planned for 2016, adding that the foundation has built a total of 3,421 mosques and educational facilities in Turkey plus over 100 mosques across 25 countries since it was established in 1975.
He added that mosque constructions were underway in nine countries while designing efforts are taking place for 16 mosques in seven others.
Palakoglu said the latest place of worship they built abroad was the Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Mosque in Kazakhstan's Turkistan city.
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