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Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii)

Ankara, Turkey (Çankaya)
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Ranked #8 of 105 attractions in Ankara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Description: This commanding mosque was built between 1967 and 1987 and is both the newest and largest in the city.
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Munich, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It's not old. It's not the pinnacle of islamic architecture. But - it's very, very big. Wikipedia says 24000 can fit - I don't know what 24000 people look like, but when I went, walking barefoot on the carpet (I've since been told that's a no-no), there were only some children playing catch (and they were barefoot, too, so I... More

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Padua, Italy
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I think this is the real must-see place in ankara... i even like it more than the blue mosque, in istanbul.. it is big, peaceful, full of colours. A beautiful place to pray, no matter what God...

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Naples, Italy
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

One of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Details everywhere. The chandelier at the center is breathtaking. The surrounding neighborhood is very nice, and a wonderful place to eat as there are many restaurants.

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Ankara, Turkey
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is one of the largest mosques in Turkey, a poor replica of Mimar Sinan' s mosques in Edirne and Istanbul. Visiting the place is total waste of time.

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New York
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674 reviews 674 reviews
174 attraction reviews
435 helpful votes 435 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is perhaps the largest mosque in Turkey, but quite uninspiring in terms of the architecture and the interiors. Considering that it is a relatively a new mosque, one has to compare it with the ones in Doha, Casablanca, Muscat and Abu Dhabi. It does not come even close. Young men were lying sprawled on the floor inside as if... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

When I visited this mosque in 2013 I was physically harassed by the caretaker. Of course I had my hair covered with a scarf and taken my shoes off, but the caretaker followed me onto the ladies floor and touched my shoulder, back and butt. Not really the best experience a woman can have in a mosque.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is a nice place. But I didn’t like the location which is not good. It is easy to rich this place by taking a walk from KIZILAY. I loved the nice food in the store under this mosque.

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Just get in, free of charge and enjoy the space and silence and magnificent interior. This mosque reportedly is one of the biggest in Turkey and relatively new.

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Bucharest, Romania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I have been there several times during years, and each time enjoyed it. It is a beautiful monument and sure enough, it should be on everybody's "must see" list. Make sure you visit the interior, preferably at the time when there is no prayer, for both, not disturbing the people praying and for better enjoying the wide space and beautiful... More

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Ankara, Turkey
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

PROS: Actually, it is more beautiful than 'The Blue Mezquita' at Istanbul, and I'm living here at the moment, and see this its more than wow! from every little piece you look at, you see perfection, you can hear your steps and voice echo, it felt so amazing. CONS: If for some reason you are at Kizilirmark Avenue with Bankaci... More

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