New jewel on the Joburg skyline

2012-10-06 16:37

You can’t miss it: alongside Joburg’s busy N1 North highway, a massive and magnificent structure with a shining dome and four tall minarets that look like rockets ready to launch into the sky.

This is the Nizamiye Turkish Mosque – the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere.

But there’s more to the house of worship than meets the eye. Located on the corner of Le Roux Avenue and Old Pretoria Road in Midrand, the mosque is the centrepiece of a complex that includes a school with boarding facilities, a dining hall, a clinic and a number of shops.

The mosque itself can accommodate 6 000 worshippers.

Nizamiye was built by Turkish tycoon Ali Katircioglu and officially opened by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.

Parts of the complex, like the clinic, are still under construction. But the mosque, dining hall and shops are finished, and open tothe public.

The mosque is a small replica of Turkey’s Selimiye Mosque, which was constructed by architect Mimar Sinan between 1568 and 1574.

Inside the Nizamiye mosque, the floor is covered in imported iznik tiles and marble. Handmade carpets stretch across the prayer hall.

Ornate stained-glass windows create an amazing illuminated interior, drawing visitors’ eyes up to the 31m-high dome painted in gold, red and navy calligraphy.

“At least 48 tons of lead were used to cover the dome to keep the mosque cool,” said Katircioglu.

At the centre of the courtyard sits the beautifully crafted preprayer bathing area.

It’s not yet clear when the clinic will open.

According to the mosque’s deputy principal, Mehmet Naci Kaya, it will open soon and will be open to the public.

The school is also open to non-Muslim children, but if your child is enrolled, he or she will have to observe Islamic rules while at school.

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