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Turkish president unveils new mosque in heart of Istanbul

Building the mosque in the center of Turkey’s largest city has symbolic value regarding the struggle between secularism and Islamic conservatism in the country.
A man passes by a Turkish anti riot police officer stands guard during the Friday prayers during the inauguration of a 4000-capacity mosque in Istanbul's iconic Taksim square on May 28, 2021.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a new mosque in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Friday.

Erdogan spoke at a ceremony for the aptly named Taksim Mosque following Muslim prayers. 

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