11 August 2020

Turkey Protects the Ottoman Work in Africa

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) completed the restoration of the Nurul Hamidiye Mosque in Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa.

Built 135 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, with the help of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the Nurul Hamidiye Mosque is considered to be a sign of the bond between the two countries with its historical properties.

Named Nurul Hamidiye (Light of Hamid) due to the contributions of Abdul Hamid II to its construction, the mosque is a two-story structure built in Cape Town in 1884 with the financial contributions of Muslims.

Calligraphy (kufic and thuluth), ornamentation (wood, glass, paint), gilding (ornamentation and patina), and embroidery were used in the interior decoration of the mosque to improve its appearance.

Abdurrauf Boux, manager of the mosque, stated that TİKA has completed many projects in Cape Town with its meticulous and careful efforts, including the restoration of the Nurul Hamidiye Mosque. Noting that the mosque will become an attractive building in the region thanks to the interior decoration work completed by TİKA, Boux thanked the Turkish people and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for their contributions.


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