VIDEO: Erdoğan recites Holy Quran in new mosque inaugurated in US

Published 02.04.2016 22:55
Updated 03.04.2016 15:35

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated on Saturday the Turkish-funded Diyanet Center of America located in the state of Maryland near Washington, D.C., where he also recited verses from the Holy Quran inside the mosque, after it was opened.

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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