Formerly 'Rambling with a cantankerous old mule"
Under construction since 2009, the Nizamiye Turkish Mosque in Midrand, South Africa, dominates the skyline just east of the N1 Highway between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
The mosque is the creation of Ali Katircioglu (a Turkish property developer), and will ultimately stand at the centre of a greater development – including a clinic, shops, school and university. The Ottoman-style mosque is based on the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, built by architect Mimar Sinan between 1568 and 1574. Already having cost R210-million ($24.7-million), this project is expected to run into billions of Rands by the time it’s finished. Interestingly enough, many of the building materials and finishings were imported from Turkey as they couldn’t be sourced in South Africa.
The dome stands 32 metres high, and is flanked by four minarets which rise 55 metres into the sky (compared to the Selimiye Mosque’s, which are 83m high). Although I only took photos from the outside, I have read that it is the inside which is most impressive – with gold-leaf painted decorations, colourful patterned tiles reaching to the roof, marble floors and ornate domed ceilings.
I’ll need to pay the mosque another visit soon – I’m a sucker for interesting architecture.