CONTRIBUTED BY LARISSA KOERSCHNER
We’ve all seen it! It’s a monstrous beauty located in the heart of Adana and it’s the 2nd largest mosque in Turkey! But have you actually been in it?
My in-laws came for a visit last week and in the midst of chatting with a friend on where I planned to take them, she asked “Have you taken them to the mosque yet?” I responded, “Well, actually I haven’t even been in the mosque yet.” I have lived here for 18 months and haven’t set foot inside the landmark that puts Adana on the map! What?! I guess I always just thought of it as being too big and complicated to visit on my own. So, I started firing questions at my friend – “How do you get in?” “Where do you park?” “What do I need to wear?” “What’s it like?” “When do Muslims go there to pray?” “How much does it cost?” She answered all of these questions with simple answers within 30 seconds and I was left dumfounded. I looked at her and said, “Really, it’s that simple?!”
I am so glad that she gave me all the information I needed to visit this amazing structure with my family. And sure enough, she was correct in the fact that it was extremely simple to get to, park and visit.
When we entered the parking garage (we used the garage on the street AFTER you pass the mosque – when you turn on the road after the mosque you will see the sign on the right – I also posted a picture at the bottom of this post), I took a ticket from the machine and then had no problem finding a spot; it was huge and empty! (We went on a weekday around 3pm.) And right in the center of the parking garage was a little garden with flowers, plants and small animals. My kids got a kick out of seeing the ducks, birds and bunnies. Next to this garden area was a set of stairs leading up to the ground level; we took these up and it led us right in front of the mosque. It was a perfect location for taking a few pictures.
To enter the mosque, we walked on the path and went through the gates. The architecture of the mosque is really quite amazing. The entrance was easy to spot, as there were large stairs (and a ramp) leading up to it and security guards were sitting off to the side. There is a large red carpet where you take your shoes off and wooden bins with plastic bags in them for you to place your shoes in and carry them with you inside. (Be sure not to step on the carpet with your shoes.) My mother-in-law and I wore scarves on our heads out of respect; however, I’m not sure if this is mandatory or not. If you’re female and planning to visit the mosques, I would bring one along just in case. There was no charge to get into the mosque.
Once inside the mosque, it was breath-taking! I was also surprised at how empty it was of people. We were able to look around and explore with ease. We all enjoyed the visit very much and will treasure the photos we were able to take in this beautiful place of worship.
After the mosque, we spent some time wandering the grounds of the park. It was a beautiful day and the kids couldn’t resist checking out the water fountains. If you continue to walk through the park, you will also eventually stumble upon some awesome playground equipment. However, we chose to go to Cherry Berry for some frozen yogurt instead (it’s only about a 5 minute drive from the mosque.) When we left the garage, we gave the attendant our ticket and the cost was 3TL (we were there almost an hour).
Plan your visit around the prayer times. Click here to see a current schedule for Adana.
Directions: map Take a right out of the base front gate. Take a right on the D400. After you go under the tunnel/road, make a right (directly after the mosque) on Fuzuli Cd. Then turn right to enter the under-ground parking garage.
Coordinates: N36°59.580’ E035°19.910’
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