Şakirin Camii (Mosque) is a modern-era mosque situated in the Üsküdar district, on the Asian side of Istanbul.
There are countless number of beautiful, enormous and historical Ottoman era mosques all over the city.
So, why this particular mosque which is so far far away from the central old city made it to my list of “must see” places in Istanbul you ask?
Yes! There is a very, very important reason!
This happens to be the first mosque in Turkey (and perhaps world) whose interiors were designed by a woman! That’s right!
Isn’t that reason enough to visit this beautiful place?
In a religion where women were once forbidden to even enter the place of worship and eventually provided a tiny space in the corner of a grand mosque, this is a *huge* step forward!
Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu says she designed the interiors in such a way that it provides ample space for women to comfortably relax and peacefully offer their prayers.
Praying or not, the space is absolutely peaceful and beautiful to just sit down and reflect for a while. I did just that.
I went upstairs and stared at the grand chandelier with rain-drop shaped glass ornaments hanging on the edges, beautifully painted ceilings and glass walls with lines from Quran inscribed in Arabic.
I suggest you give a visit too!