Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan, ABD'nin en büyük külliyesini açtı. pic.twitter.com/BgGpAZKkMK— Süleyman (@Hacicaferoglu_) April 2, 2016
The facility, opened in a huge ceremony, is built on a 16-acre campus in Maryland, just 21 kilometers (13 miles) from the nation's capital, represents the 'külliye' tradition of a complex of social and religious buildings which were common in Turkey's Ottoman period.
Built to seek common ground between people of different faiths and cultures, the complex features a mosque, cultural center, guest house, traditional Turkish houses and a Turkish bath.
An Islamic Research Center within the building will provide a consultancy service for undergraduate and graduate students coming from Turkey to the U.S.
There is also an Islamic Arts Museum below the mosque and 10 traditional Ottoman houses within the complex.
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