Çamlıca Mosque

    Istanbul, Turkey

    Photo and Video Credits: IBB



    Understated lighting for the largest mosque in Turkey

    Inspired by Ottoman architecture, construction of the 57,500 m2 (61,900 sq ft) Çamlıca Mosque was completed in 2019. The largest mosque in the history of the Republic of Turkey, it features 6 minarets and provides the capacity to hold 63,000 people. The diameter of the main dome is 34 m (111 ft) and rises 72 m (236 ft) high to symbolize the 72 nations living in Istanbul.


    Incorporating symbolic elements of Istanbul, the lighting design simulates sunrise and sunset. Approximately 6,000 Color Kinetics iW Graze MX Powercore, iW Graze QLX Powercore, and ColorGraze MX4 Powercore luminaires with special arrays of white between 2200 K – 4000 K, amber, and blue LEDs were used for this project. The housing colors of Color Kinetics lighting fixtures were produced in the same RAL colors as the façade material specifically for this project to blend with the exterior.


    The Graze fixtures primarily illuminate the many domes of the roof, the minarets, and the exterior walls of the structure. The fixtures located on the ground floor of the courtyard were placed in recessed, in-ground enclosures to avoid damage from pedestrian traffic. ActiveSite enables remote monitoring, management, and maintenance of the installation.


    Visible from all over Istanbul, the illuminated mosque is stunning. Part of a larger, visionary project to invest in Istanbul, the iconic new mosque campus is anticipated to drive tourism and economic growth.

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