Turkey to restore Ottoman mosques in Middle East
|Turkey is taking steps to restore and renovate mosques that were built by the Ottomans in Libya and Gaza.|
The Turkish government is planning to restore an Ottoman mosque in Libya, a Turkish company executive said on Saturday.
Hilmi Özkazanç, an executive with Nurol Construction, said Turkey is planning to start renovating the Murad Agha Mosque in the town of Tajura near the Libyan capital of Tripoli. “We will come to Tajura again next week to see what we have to do to the mosque,” Özkazanç told an Anatolia correspondent.
Özkazanç said restoration would probably begin by the end of this year.
Özkazanç visited Tajura together with Turkey’s Ambassador to Libya Ali Kemal Aydın. During the visit Aydın said, “The Libyan people will establish a country that will be a model for the region, and we will help them.”
The Murad Agha Mosque was constructed in Tajura approximately 16 kilometers east of Tripoli in 1552 by Agha -- one of the three commanders who joined the conquest of Tripoli Province during the Ottoman era. Agha later served as governor of the province. The mosque has 48 marble columns topped by a series of arches that support the vaults.
During his visit to Libya in September, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the mosque together with Mustafa Abd al-Jalil, the chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council, and addressed people who gathered around the mosque to see him.
The administration of Palestine’s Gaza City has requested assistance from Turkey in the construction of several mosques after they were destroyed or severely damaged in the 2008-2009 Gaza War, the Anatolia news agency reported last week. According to a report released by government officials in Gaza, there is an urgent need for mosques in the city due to rapid population growth...
I did not think there would be population growth in what is referred to as a "concentration camp" by the left and the media. They also never explain the dichotomy of the two new multi-story shopping malls, a Mercedes-Benz dealership and 4-star restaurants to feed those with the million-dollar hillside homes. Both Gaza and the West Bank are far from what one would call a concentration camp.
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