President Erdoانan in his speech at the opening ceremony:
Chamlica Mosque "is not only a mosque but a large complex that includes a conference hall and a museum of Turkish-Islamic antiquities
Those who target mosques and churches have the same dark mindset
Killing innocents and blowing up places of worship are not jihad, but brutal and criminal terrorist acts
Freedom of worship for people of all faiths is a sacred right in our faith
Istanbul, on Friday 3/5/2019, witnessed the opening of the largest mosque in Turkey, "Shamliga", which is located in the Asian part overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and representatives from various countries of the Islamic world.
The mosque's opening ceremony began officially after Friday prayers.
In a speech during the opening ceremony, Erdogan expressed his great pleasure in the opening of the mosque's doors to crowds of worshipers.
He said: "The Chamlica Mosque is the largest in Turkey and can be easily seen from all regions of Istanbul."
He pointed out that the Chamliga Mosque "is not only a mosque but a large complex that includes a conference hall, a museum of Turkish-Islamic antiquities and an exhibition of art as well."
On the cases of targeting churches and mosques by extremists around the world, the Turkish president said: "Those who target mosques and churches have the same dark mindset."
He added: "Killing innocent people and blowing up places of worship is not a jihad but rather brutal and criminal terrorist acts."
Erdogan stressed that the Islamic religion guarantees freedom of worship for all followers of religions, saying: "Freedom of worship for followers of all religions is a sacred right in our faith."
He noted that they will continue to work to counter the neo-Nazi organizations that attack Muslim mosques in Europe.
It is noteworthy that in the hours of Friday morning, imams and presidents coming from several countries recited verses from the Noble Qur’an and religious chants.
Because of the high participation, the authorities have taken strict security measures in and around the mosque, as well as the willingness of medical teams to deal with any cases that warrant medical intervention.
In 2013, construction of the mosque began at the highest peak in Istanbul, in the Uskudar region, in the style of Ottoman architecture.
The mosque is built on an area of 15 thousand square meters, and can accommodate about 63 thousand worshipers at one time.
It also includes a conference hall, a museum of Turkish-Islamic antiquities, a public library, an art gallery, as well as a car park for visitors to the mosque.
There are 6 minarets on the mosque, 4 of which are 107.1 meters long, two 90 meters long, and its dome height is about 72 meters and its diameter is 34 meters.
Gardens around the mosque have been designated with an area of 30 acres, so visitors can take a walk in it and enjoy the view of its view, which is considered one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul, as it overlooks the Asian and European parts of the city, in addition to a part of the Marmara Sea.