Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The Turkish President inaugurates the first mosque in Taksim Square on the anniversary of the start of the demonstrations against his government

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Erdogan giving a speech after Friday prayers during the opening of the mosque

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first mosque in Istanbul’s famous Taksim Square, which is traditionally seen as a symbol of the Turkish republic’s secular values.

Erdogan said after performing Friday prayers that “the Taksim Mosque now occupies a prominent position among the symbols of Istanbul… it will remain, God willing, until the end of time.”

The opening was met with enthusiasm by many, as several thousand prayed in its outer court after the mosque quickly filled, according to Agence France-Presse.

About 4,000 people will be able to pray inside the mosque, which combines Ottoman style with contemporary features.

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