The historic Ulu Cami (Grand Mosque) in southeastern Turkey's Mardin province opened to the public for prayers after renovations by the Diyarbakır Regional Directorate for Foundations.
The 800-year-old mosque, which is located in the Kızıltepe district of Mardin, hosted Friday prayers for the first time in four years.
The opening ceremony of the house of prayer was attended by Mardin Governor, Justice and AK Party’s Mardin deputies, District Governor, Head of the Provincial Security board of directors, Provincial Mufti beside several residents.
Deputy Chairman of the General Directorate Ali Hürata told reporters that comprehensive restoration work was carried out in the mosque. He also mentioned that the directorate has restored some 33 structures across Mardin. In the last 16 years, Turkey has restored approximately 5,200 historical buildings, in addition to historical structures abroad such as mosques in Macedonia and Bosnia. He additionally noted that they are also planning to complete the restoration work on Alaca Mosque in Bosnia-Herzegovina's southeastern town of Foca, within five or six months.
Construction of the Mardin Grand Mosque began in 1184 upon the order of Yavlak Arslan from the Artuklu Dynasty, which ruled the region at the time. The mosque was completed in 1204 under the rule of Yavlak's brother Artuk Arslan.
Last Updated: 4/19/2019 10:10:01 AM