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“Visit a mosque and have a good meal afterwards”
Review of Nizamiye Mosque

Nizamiye Mosque
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Midrand
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is one of the symbols of Johannesburg's can do culture and deep sense of tolerance and encouragement of difference - it is not always like this!!. A devout Turkish businessman wants to build a replica of the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey in the USA, but can't so does it in South Africa. Mandela asks him to include a clinic for the sick and poor in the area - so he does. Now the skyline of Midrand (so named because it is halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria) is changes forever for the better with this place of worship and investment in faith and the future of South Africa - I much, much prefer it to the warehouses next door!!. There were no petitions (like in Switzerland) against minarets and no complaints (like in France and England) about the school. Instead all are welcome to visit and wander the corridors of the mosque and to sit and observe or participate in the prayers. And afterwards you can nip across to the restaurant where good Turkish food is served - an great Johannesburg lunchtime outing!

1  Thank Roddy P
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Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Great architecture and I believe a replica of the Blue Mosque in Turkey. Very well built and good lighting at night. Has some restaurants and Turkish carpet shops as well on the grounds. Nice to see and appreciate the culture.

1  Thank afzalmoti
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Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

This is probably one of the great South African attractions and more appropriately for Johannesburg. Fantastic history and pictures provided within the mosque gallery. The mosque has breathtaking architecture and design replicating the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Also, there is a strong positive divine energy within the mosque itself. A must see for all in South Africa. The location is also special as the Midrand Temple is opposite which adds and amzing divine energy to the geography of the area.

Thank quantum1980
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Went there for Friday prayers last week, great architecture, wonderful interior and true tranquility while there is nothing around you. I'm sure they do tourist tours. Wouldn't say it's a must do in Joburg but it gives you the chance to see an authentic ottoman mosque

1  Thank Zaq R
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

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Üsküdar'a gider iken aldi da bir yagmur
one is beckoned beyond the gates towards an arts cape that would literally take your breathe away by the friendly welcoming smiles of the guards.

the gigantic proportions of opulence smacks your senses as you touch and prod the very essence of life and culture trying to materialise you experience into Turkish reality.

the well-manicured grounds and smell of roses waft through the incandescence as you leisurely stroll through the portals of the mosque. How ingenious- to allow people of every faith to explore and enjoy the wonders of the Islam Faith and drink in the knowledge as you would the dark bitter Turkish coffee sold at the nearby Turkish tearoom.

The art gallery takes you back to the Ottoman Empire and flings you into the now… without assaulting your sense. The tasteful art work and explanations that accompany it would intrigue a novice art collector as it would a connoisseur as you imbibe the grandeur of Turkish life.

You are allowed to take pictures of the mosque and art gallery. All in all it is a worthwhile visit..

Kâtibimi arar iken yanimda buldum
Kâtip benim, ben kâtibin, el ne karisir?
Kâtibime kolali da gömlek ne güzel yarasir

the ablution facilities were immaculate.

thank you to the management of this establishment - well worth a vist - and try the restaurant on the grounds.

Thank ganhes
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