World Bulletin / News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would not retreat from plans to construct a mosque on İstanbul's Çamlıca Hill, and pledged that the mosque will be very beautiful and that it will be much admired once it is built.
“The beauty of the [planned] mosque is not so clear on the model. But it will be very beautiful, trust me,” Erdoğan said when speaking to a group of journalists aboard a plane on the route to Spain from the Turkish capital on Tuesday. He also said the mosque will not host a supermarket or any other commercial building in its vicinity.
Erdoğan also said a mosque will be built in Taksim.
There is an ongoing campaign asking for an end to the mosque project.
Critics of the project say a planned mosque will look artificial. The project, the work of architects Bahar Mızrak and Gül Totu, was selected from a shortlist of two runners-up, chosen through a design competition.
The mosque, which will occupy a nearly 15,000-square-meter plot and have the capacity to hold approximately 30,000 people, is designed to be visible from every corner of İstanbul, and plans include cultural and social facilities in its vicinity.Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2012, 12:01