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Sultanahmet Mosque, İstanbul. Hürriyet photo.

Sultanahmet Mosque, İstanbul. Hürriyet photo.

Turkey has 82,693 mosques, the most of which are in the country’s largest city, Istanbul, according to Religious Affairs Directorate data.

Istanbul has 3,113 mosques, including the historical Sultanahmet Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque. The eastern province of Tunceli, which has the highest proportion of Alevi citizens of any province, has the fewest mosques at 117, although it is also the second smallest province by total population.

There has been an increase in the number of mosques in Turkey in the past decade, data shows. In the past 10 years, the number of mosques in Turkey increased from 75,369 to 82,693, said the data.

Turkey’s population was 75,627,384 as of Dec. 31, 2012, according to the Turkish Statistics Institute’s (TÜİK) data.

The Central Anatolian province of Konya, long seen as a bastion of conservatism, followed Istanbul with 3,046 mosques, despite being just the seventh-most populous province in Turkey with close to 1.1 million people. Ankara has 2,817 mosques, while the Black Sea province of Samsun has 2,621 mosques.

Moving down the list, Kastamonu has 2,547 Muslim houses of worship, Antalya has 2,097, Trabzon 1,917, İzmir 1,782, Diyarbakır 1,766, Bursa 1,646, Şanlıurfa 1,614, Mersin 1,447, Giresun 1,425, Sivas 1,317, Van 1,294 and Kayseri 1,217.


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Aydin Amsterdam

3/5/2013 10:57:03 PM

@pawel, you sourpuss. are you ever going to learn to put some normal comments here?

mara mcglothin

3/5/2013 9:51:32 PM

VARGEN VARGEN One has to only look at the huge budget of the Religious Affairs Directorate to learn the truth of the matter.

Vargen Vargen

3/5/2013 4:05:39 PM

Who pays for the building and maintanance of them? And for the staff required?

Pawel Bury

3/5/2013 3:15:57 PM

Not enough. Turkey should build more.

Socialist TRK

3/5/2013 2:46:20 PM

This amount is not necessary, instead parks and greenery would be so much better and so much more plesent

Brian Irlanda

3/5/2013 2:24:37 PM

Wow! That is a huge number. More than necessary maybe. How much did those 7324 extra mosques cost to build? If , conservatively, each mosque cost 50,000TL we are looking at 3.6 billion TL. Imagine how much good this amount of money could do for education, infrastructure etc? That is a lot of money to spend on the afterlife when there is so much to do in this one.

Ottoman Reactionary

3/5/2013 1:45:38 PM

Because Istanbul was always Capital city, Imperial City, Porte, Second Rome, unlike Ankara .... nothing special.

Recep Ozel

3/5/2013 1:34:17 PM

So that is 1 mosque per 1000 people in Turkey including children, elderly, women, and people of other religions!!! Many of those mosques hold over 1000 people, and many people choose to pray elsewhere instead of a mosque... No wonder there are thousands of empty mosques in Turkey! and why are we building new ones???
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