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Kocatepe Mosque

Marvel at the modern design of one of the largest mosques in the world, which welcomes about 24,000 worshippers at a time.

The largest mosque in Ankara, Kocatepe Mosque strikes an imposing chord with its rising minarets and tiers of domes. It has become an icon in the city’s skyline, visible from most parts of the city on a clear day. Be one of the 24,000 visitors that the enormous mosque can accommodate at one time.

Construction of the impressive spiritual center took about two decades to complete. It was rebuilt twice in varying styles before finding its current neoclassical Ottoman design.

The mosque's inspiring design, which includes many tiers ornate with elegant features, is a move away from tradition and has split opinion over the years. Decide for yourself whether its divisive look is too contemporary or is a fine example of Modern Islamic design. 

Gaze up at the domes and spires that generate an almost mock-Gothic quality. The four minarets climb to a height of 289 feet (88 meters). Admire the graceful balcony that sits above the arches, several stylish sets of steps and the main entrance.

As you enter the spiritual structure, notice the lavish décor around you. Marvel at the artwork of the central dome and the use of marble and tinted windows. Look up at the ornamental ceiling and its chandelier and enjoy the feel of the red carpet beneath you. 

The peaceful atmosphere makes a dramatic change from the buzzing mood of the city center outside. Gather your thoughts in the tranquil marble courtyard. At night, see the mosque illuminated in white light in the Ankara skyline.

The public may enter the mosque to look around for free. Nearby, choose between fast food, street vendors and classy bistros at the many restaurants, hotels and cafés in the area. The mosque is built next to a shopping mall and parking lot.

Kocatepe Mosque sits in the center of Ankara, just southeast of the city’s famous plaza, Kizilay Square. Several buses stop on the road just outside the mosque. Walk 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) southeast of Kizilay Metro Station, which is the city’s principal transportation hub, to reach the mosque.


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Ankara Hilton $75
Ankara Hilton

Ankara Hilton

Tahran Caddesi No 12, Ankara, Ankara
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Ankara hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Karum Shopping Mall and Tunali Hilmi Caddesi. Arjantin Street and Segmenler Park are also within 10 minutes.

    Grand Ankara Hotel & Convention Center $84
    Grand Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

    Grand Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

    Ataturk Bulvari No:183, Kavaklidere Mh., Ankara, Ankara
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kavaklidere, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Embassy of the United States, Embassy of Germany, and Tunali Hilmi Caddesi. Nazim Hikmet Cultural Center and Embassy of Italy are also within 10 minutes.

      Bera Ankara $54
      Bera Ankara

      Bera Ankara

      Ziya Gokalp Bulvari No 58 Cankaya, Ankara, Ankara
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ankara City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kizilay Square and Kocatepe Mosque. Hacettepe University and Turkey Grand National Assembly are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center $88
        Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

        Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center

        Noktali Sokak Kavaklidere, Ankara, Ankara
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Ankara hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Arjantin Street, Karum Shopping Mall, and Segmenler Park. Tunali Hilmi Caddesi and Akun Sahnesi are also within 15 minutes.

          Ankara Royal Hotel $29
          Ankara Royal Hotel

          Ankara Royal Hotel

          Buklum Sk No: 37, Kavaklidere, Ankara, Ankara
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kavaklidere, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tunali Hilmi Caddesi and Pembe Kurbaga Show Center. Embassy of the United States and Embassy of Germany are also within 10 minutes.

            ROX Hotel Ankara $35
            ROX Hotel Ankara

            ROX Hotel Ankara

            Necatibey Cd. No. 5, Kizilay, Ankara, Ankara
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kizilay, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kizilay Square and Ethnographic Museum. Kocatepe Mosque and Anitkabir are also within 2 mi (3 km). Ankara Station is 23 minutes by foot and Tandoğan Metro is 27 minutes.

              Enerji Hotel $26
              Enerji Hotel

              Enerji Hotel

              Bayindir 1 Sok No 8, Ankara
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ankara City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ankara Art Playhouse, Kizilay Square, and Goethe-Institut. Muhsin Ertugrul Sahnesi and Kurtulus Park are also within 15 minutes. Ankara Station is 27 minutes by foot.

                Kocatepe Hotel $26
                Kocatepe Hotel

                Kocatepe Hotel

                Mesrutiyet Cd. 33, Ankara, Ankara
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ankara City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kizilay Square and Turkey Grand National Assembly. Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Anitkabir are also within 2 mi (3 km).