LOCAL > Mosque a must for a changing Taksim, says Turkish court


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An Istanbul court has rejected claims that a planned mosque would damage Taksim Square's historical identity, ruling in favor of building the long-controversial house of worship, daily Akşam has reported.
The court said a mosque in Istanbul's central square was now a must due to the changing nature of the Muslim population that has occupied it during the Republican era.
"There is an insufficient number of mosques in the area," the court said, adding that people were forced to pray on the streets on Fridays.
"There is an obvious need for mosques in Taksim," the statement of the court read. "The project would have no negative effects on the public."
The Chamber of City Planners previously filed a lawsuit, asking for the cancelation of the project on the grounds that it would damage the historical identity of the square.


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sid solo

6/20/2012 10:23:38 PM

Wisdom does not seem to be the strong-point these days. To take such a matter to a court and have ruling on it. Taksim has a identity, and that identity is the 1 May celebrations. It seems a little insensitive to build a mosque on that space.

Selim Bisevac

6/20/2012 8:34:32 PM

A mosque being built in Taksim square or anywhere else in Turkey? What is so strange about that , Turkey is 99% Muslim so can build mosques anywhere and everywhere without having to justify anything to western commentators. Does anyone question churches being built in the USA or Europe?

Turk Uzan

6/20/2012 8:23:52 PM

What!? AKP keeps your HANDS of TAKSIM What is that picture .. is that monstrosity what's supposed to be the new mosque ?!?!?!?! At least built something good looking, this is horrible ..


6/20/2012 6:07:29 PM

How long would it be before there is a demand for bars and clubs in the area to stop their music during prayer times and possibly even stop serving alcohol? Once built it will be used as an excuse to shut down or curb one of Istanbul's most lively areas. The fun must stop.

Blue Dotterel

6/20/2012 5:52:14 PM

There a number of small Mosques within a 2-7 minute walk of Taxim: Kazanc Ali Aga Cami (just down the hill by the Marmara Hotel, 2''), Selime Hatun Cami (by the German Consulate, 4-5''), Huseyin Aga Cami (on Istiklal, 7-10''), I have never noticed any of them to be overfilled at prayer times. They could build one on the park edge, I suppose, but I do not see any evidence that it is needed. Destroying a cultural center in a tourist area would be foolish.

Dilara Yıldırım

6/20/2012 5:30:01 PM

Taksim Square was meant to be a symbol of freedom and liberty , as if we don"t have any mosques in a walking distance area?

mara mcglothin

6/20/2012 5:18:32 PM

AMERICAN AMERICAN Yeah, and the Christians of America that intend to worship in the church raise the money to build and maintain it, NOT the government, BUT I am sure you already know this. How is this Mosque going to co exist with the current bars and nightspots in Taksim or will those be conveniently closed to make way for this "progress"? Exactly! AGNES

Agnes Smith

6/20/2012 4:49:06 PM

I'm sorry - did I miss something? I spend a lot of time in Istanbul and not once have I seen someone pray on the street. Konya maybe.

jeffrey Jeffrey

6/20/2012 3:40:13 PM

And we know where they want to build it, right where AKM is, This is a disgrace. This is clear evidence of the fact that this government is a theocracy. There is no need for new mosques as there are several in Taxim now, as there are all over Istanbul. There is a difference between meeting the needs of religious Turks and slapping secular Turks in the face. Ataturk must weeping now.

Rimon Tree

6/20/2012 3:04:52 PM

@ Tamer Sorry! But you are confusing cause and effect, enlightenement and sciences brought about the declining of believers in Europe. Nobel prizes for scientific and cultural achievements do not go well with allegedly "Holy Books" . Happy to live here!
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