Küçük Mecidiye Camiisi (Kucuk Mecidiye Mosque)

Located behind the Çırağan Palace at the entrance to Yıldız Park, the Küçük Mecidiye Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecit in 1849, and designed and built by the architect Garabet Balyan.

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Yıldız Parkı Girişi, Beşiktaş

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Located behind the Çırağan Palace at the entrance to Yıldız Park, the Küçük Mecidiye Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecit in 1849, and designed and built by the architect Garabet Balyan. It is also known as the Guest Mosque (Turkish: Misafir Camisi). Today it has a congregation of around 150-200 people and is especially known for its minbar, constructed of red onyx and its white marble mihrab with carved flower motifs.

Mosque is a place of worship for Muslims. It comes from the Arabic word 'masjid' which literally means "a place for prostration". Mosques are also places where Muslims come together for different purposes such as education, social gatherings, public meetings, exhibitions, lectures etc. Although there is no specific requirement for mosques in terms of their architecture, one can see some common features inside and outside of many mosques such as minarets, domes, ablution areas, prayer niche (mihrab), pulpit (minbar) and so on.

Muslims are obliged to perform the ritual worship 5 times a day. They are not required to attend a mosque for each of these prayers however in order to interact with the community they are encouraged to pray in congregation. Friday noon is the only time in a week when Muslims must definitely join the congregational prayer in a mosque after which they can continue their work, education or other commitments.

Azan or the call for prayer is a vocal announcement that one can hear from minarets 5 times a day. The call to prayer is made live -even early in the morning- by a person called 'muazzin'. The muazzins are usually chosen from people with loud and beautiful voices and trained over years to make this announcement beautifully and invite people to worship.
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